Inside the Green Machine: Zach Tessling
Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 - 12:34 AM
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 tuba player, Zach Tessling:
Please tell us your name, hometown and a little about your time with The Cavaliers.
My name is Zach Tessling, and I'm from Rosemount, Minn. This is my first year with The Cavaliers, and I march tuba.
What do you do outside of The Cavaliers?
I go to the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and I'm a Music Education major there. I will also be working with high school marching programs while studying.
Why did you initially choose The Cavaliers?
During one of their summer camps, my band and I got to meet The Cavaliers. We had to put on a show together, and I made a strong connection with one of their tuba players, Clay.
What is your all time favorite Cavaliers program?
'Frameworks' from 2002. It was the first DCI show I had ever seen - when they broke down the visuals towards the end, I was hooked. I had never seen anyone do that until then.
What makes this season unique?
I've never marched DCI before, and we have a lot of good returners. The show is very challenging, and the season is shaping up to be really good.
What do The Cavaliers mean to you personally?
I'm getting closer to people, and making a lot of new friends. I can see myself being a part of something bigger here, which is great.
What advice would you give someone who eventually wants to join The Cavaliers?
Get ready to exercise and practice. Don't take anything personally or get frustrated. Finally, prepare yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally for auditions.
Stay tuned for more installments of Inside the Green Machine!
By Dan Minkel, Marketing Communications Intern
Inside the Green Machine Archive:
June 3, 2012 - Carlos Sauceda
June 2, 2012 - Russell Wharton
June 1, 2012 - Scotty Flores
May 31, 2012 - Andrew Smit
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.