Inside the Green Machine: Travis Barzee
Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 - 11:35 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 third-year baritone player and horn sergeant, Travis Barzee:
Please tell us your name, hometown and a little about your time with The Cavaliers.
My name is Travis Barzee, and I'm from Blue Springs, Mo. This is my third year with The Cavaliers, and I march baritone. I am also one of the Junior Officers as a horn sergeant.
What do you do outside of The Cavaliers?
I'm going to be an Exercise Science major at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. I'll be starting there in the fall.
Why did you initially choose The Cavaliers?
I had a very good experience at a camp that I attended when I was fifteen. I also saw the corps live at the San Antonio Regional in 2006. The combination of the sounds and the visuals from The Cavaliers drew me in to want to audition.
What is your all time favorite Cavaliers program?
'Machine' from 2006. I can't find anything wrong with that show. There's nothing that can be improved about it.
What makes this season unique?
We have a very different approach visually this year. Musically, it seems like we have 'hit the ground running' during rehearsals.
What do The Cavaliers mean to you personally?
They mean everything, to be completely honest. Through my life, The Cavaliers have been one of my constants that I can lean back on. The friendships that I've made here are really important to me.
What advice would you give someone who eventually wants to join The Cavaliers?
You have to try. If you don't try, you'll never find out if you can make it. Find people who have marched The Cavaliers for advice, they know what tour is really like.
Stay tuned for more installments of Inside the Green Machine!
By Dan Minkel, Marketing Communications Intern
Inside the Green Machine Archive:
June 6, 2012 - Zach McCullough
June 5, 2012 - Hill Scott
June 4, 2012 - Nick Dickinson
June 4, 2012 - Stephen Jusko
June 3, 2012 - Zach Tessling
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.