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