So, like… I’m going to the Academy camp for the 2014 season, and I’m just really nervous because my leg still hurts when I run and I got that injury in the 2012 season. Like, I feel like it shouldn’t still hurt this bad? Idk, does anyone out there have experience with tibial stress fractures?

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The colder it gets, the more I really feel the damage that drum corps has done to my knees.

Won’t stop be from going back once my stress fracture is healed.



“Softly, deftly, music shall caress you.
Phantom of the Opera

A K-50, best mellophone bugle evar.
+please help me march the academy 2012.


hi. so as most of you probably know, i have been selected to return to the academy drum and bugle corps for my second year as a drum major. nothing is a greater honor to me than serving this corps in this position. this past summer with the academy changed my life, and i am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to do it all again. we have many great new opportunities for us this year, including the chance to work with a legendary staff, and finally having a full summer tour. however, with these new opportunities come more expenses.

my fees this year are $3100, and i have to find a way to come up with them myself because my family cannot afford to help me this year. i don’t have a medical condition, or a story of devastating loss to tell you that would make donating money a snap to most people. i would apologize for that, but honestly, i’d rather not have a debilitating disease, and i like having my entire family alive and well. i’m just a 19 year old kid in 21st century america, working a full time, minimum wage job, trying to live my dream just like everybody else. that being said, i understand how hard this economy is, and how magnanimous a gesture it is to freely give to someone you only know on the internet. if you are even considering helping me out, thank you.

every little bit helps. if you want to help me live my dream, whether it’s $1, $5, $10, or more, thank you so, so much. if there is anything the academy has taught me, it’s that the more you get, the more you have to give, and i fully intend to give my share (plus a little more, if i can) in return when the time comes. if you would like to donate, click the link in the title, and feel free to pass it along to any and everybody that you know. again, i really, truly, sincerely appreciate it.

much love.


If you are able to help her out, that would be amazing. 

Taa-toh is such a great person. throughout my audition process, she has been one of the most supportive people I’ve met. Every time I even think of doubting myself, she is always there to turn me around. 

So, if your able, it would be much appreciated!


Cadets 2011 “Between Angels and Demons”
"Raise your left hand as high as you can. Now raise it an inch higher. THAT’S WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOUR LIFE!"
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For those about to start (or already started) summer band camp - marching season is just around the corner!
"This photograph from the late 1970s shows a G-F piston mellophone bugle (an F.E. Olds model) with a half-step rotor. Reprinted from Competitive Drum Corps: There and Then to Here and Now.”