Inside the Green Machine: Manny Gandia
Monday, May 21st, 2012 - 6:42 PM
By Dan Minkel
Posted by Christopher Lugo
The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps consists of many moving parts -- from new and veteran marching members to dedicated management, staff, and volunteers. Throughout this summer, we'll be featuring the people who help shape the Cavalier experience, giving YOU a behind-the-scenes perspective on your favorite corps. The Cavaliers are proud to welcome you, Inside the Green Machine!
In our third installment, we feature first-year age-out member of the color guard, Manny Gandia:
Please tell us your name, hometown and a little about your time with The Cavaliers.
My name is Manuel "Manny" Gandia II, and I am from Orlando, Fla. I march with the color guard, and this is my first and final year with The Cavaliers.
What do you do outside of The Cavaliers?
As of right now, I'm temporarily not at school. I'm planning on continuing my focus on graphic design, soon. For the time being, I'm a restaurant cashier and volunteer with Boone High School and the East River High School dance team.
Why did you initially choose The Cavaliers?
Ever since I was 14 years old, The Cavaliers have amazed me. They've been my dream corps ever since that time.
What is your all time favorite Cavaliers program?
It's kind of hard for me to decide, but 2006's 'Machine' was the one program that inspired me the most -- It just kinda stuck with me!
What makes the 2012 season unique?
It's my rook-out (first-year + age-out) year, so I won't be able to do this again. It's also a brand new corps for me, since I've marched with the Boston Crusaders for three years. It's a completely new organization and style of corps.
What do The Cavaliers mean to you personally?
The Cavaliers are what a World Class drum corps is all about -- Top of the line, very strict with difficult and effective shows.
What advice would you give someone who eventually wants to join The Cavaliers?
Be prepared to work hard and do your best!
Stay tuned for more installments of Inside the Green Machine!
By Dan Minkel, Marketing Communications Intern
Inside the Green Machine Archive:
May 20, 2012 - Jesse Backes
May 20, 2012 - Caleb Lamb
About The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps
Founded in 1948, The Cavaliers are one of the most successful drum and bugle corps in history, winning 20 national championships, including seven Drum Corps International world championships since 1992. Each summer, 150 male brass, percussion and color guard performers aged 16-22 present a marching music show considered among the most challenging and original in the world.
The group performs at more than 30 competitions across the US and for more than 100,000 fans. Along the way, the young men not only learn about music and performing, but have a life-changing experience based on excellence, teamwork and camaraderie.
The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization sponsored by The Village of Rosemont, Illinois.