Inside the Green Machine: Andrew Smit
Thursday, May 31st, 2012 - 9:39 PM
By Dan Minkel
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 next installment, we feature first-year front ensemble member, Andrew Smit:
Please tell us your name, hometown and a little about your time with The Cavaliers.
My name is Andrew Smit, and I'm from Frankfort, Illi. This is my first year as a member of The Cavaliers, and I play marimba in the front ensemble.
What do you do outside of The Cavaliers?
I'm a Music Education major at Indiana University. That's one of the many reasons that I wanted to march drum corps.
Why did you initially choose The Cavaliers?
My high school marching band was taught by alumni of The Cavaliers. I was raised with their technique, and it gave me a solid base to work with.
What is your all time favorite Cavaliers program?
'Frameworks' from 2002. It was the first show that I'd ever seen, and it was intense!
What makes this season unique?
There's a great vibe going around through the corps. The show has a very unique design, which will set it apart from previous seasons.
What do The Cavaliers mean to you personally?
It's a brotherhood of really awesome guys who get together to be the best. I always thought that The Cavaliers were just a bunch of guys who were the best, but I've learned that there's a lot of hard work that goes into getting to that level.
What advice would you give someone who eventually wants to join The Cavaliers?
Don't get freaked out by the challenge. We're just normal people that work hard to get where we are. Don't be afraid to audition, just come and meet people.
Stay tuned for more installments of Inside the Green Machine!
By Dan Minkel, Marketing Communications Intern
Inside the Green Machine Archive:
May 31, 2012 - Sam Carlberg
May 30, 2012 - Thor Schumacher
May 30, 2012 - Tyler Zastrow
May 28, 2012 - Max Monsivaiz
May 28, 2012 - Andrew Barberi
May 27, 2012 - Andrew Rhebergen
May 27, 2012 - CJ McCrory
May 27, 2012 - Doug Young
May 27, 2012 - William Clayton
May 26, 2012 - Conrad Zimmer
May 25, 2012 - Jeff Hargis
May 25, 2012 - Evan Black
May 24, 2012 - Cory Glenn
May 23, 2012 - Brian Gallegos
May 23, 2012 - Shinichi Tomari
May 23, 2012 - Justin Rowan
May 22, 2012 - Ethan Marcus
May 22, 2012 - Mike Flynn
May 22, 2012 - Brian Wulf
May 21, 2012 - Ian Caldwell
May 21, 2012 - Geddy Pontiff
May 21, 2012 - Dustin Ingram
May 21, 2012 - Franco Perez
May 21, 2012 - Manny Gandia
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.