Bryant grad takes tal­ent to the pros

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Sarah Perry [email protected]­ton­

A Bryant grad­u­ate is liv­ing out her dream af­ter be­ing se­lected for a pro­fes­sional march­ing band.

Mari­beth Mead has been in­volved in band since sixth grade when she be­gan play­ing French horn. In high school, she started play­ing mel­lophone. Mead de­cided to chal­lenge her­self and au­di­tion for Mu­sic City Drum Corps.

“It has al­ways been a dream of mine,” Mead said.

Each De­cem­ber, ap­prox­i­mately 500 mu­si­cians au­di­tion for a po­si­tion in the corps, ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

As a mem­ber of the corps, Mead spends count­less hours re­hears­ing and trav­el­ing across the coun­try. Re­cently, Mead per­formed a show in Lit­tle Rock.

“Monthly week­end re­hearsal camps are held in the win­ter and spring. A four-week train­ing camp is held in June prior to the corps em­bark­ing on a six-week tour that cul­mi­nates at the DCI World Cham­pi­onships in In­di­anapo­lis,” ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Mead calls the ex­pe­ri­ence “very in­ter­est­ing,” adding that other mem­bers of the corps are from var­i­ous places.

In com­par­i­son to tra­di­tional march­ing bands, Mead said that the corps’ show in­cludes more per­form­ing, adding that it is de­scribed as “field the­ater.”

The Mu­sic City Drum Corps show this year is en­ti­tled “Of Mice & Mu­sic.” The show is based on Ae­sop’s Fable of “The City Mouse and the Coun­try Mouse.”

She ex­plained that her fa­vorite por­tion of the show takes place at the end. The en­tire sec­tion is play­ing at the front of the field, she said.

Ev­ery time the corps per­forms, Mead said she is ner­vous but en­joys see­ing the re­ac­tions from the crowd.

She has en­joyed par­tic­i­pat­ing and plans to con­tinue un­til she reaches the age of 21.

Ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­ni­za­tion, mem­ber­ship to the corps is open to high school and col­lege stu­dents be­tween the ages 16 and 21.

The Mu­sic City Drum Corps is one of ap­prox­i­mately 50 drum corps na­tion­wide.

“The drum corps ex­pe­ri­ence pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to hone their skills while re­ceiv­ing in­struc­tion of the high­est cal­iber. The in­tense re­hearsal and per­for­mance sched­ule also al­lows the stu­dents to learn valu­able life lessons such as re­spon­si­bil­ity, team­work and re­spect­ing oth­ers,” ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­ni­za­tion. “It is the goal of this or­ga­ni­za­tion to be­come a more vis­i­ble mu­si­cal am­bas­sador for the com­mu­nity and to con­tinue to im­prove the op­por­tu­ni­ties af­forded the tal­ented par­tic­i­pants who will be our ed­u­ca­tors and lead­ers of to­mor­row.”

Mead plans to at­tend the Univer­sity of Arkansas-pu­laski Tech to be­come a reg­is­tered nurse be­fore fin­ish­ing her ed­u­ca­tion at the Ua-lit­tle Rock.

She is the daugh­ter of Christy and Pa­trick Mead.

Spe­cial to The Saline Courier

Af­ter years of par­tic­i­pat­ing in band at school, Bryant grad­u­ate Mari­beth Mead was se­lected to per­form with the Mu­sic City Drum Corps this sum­mer.

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