Drum Corp International, based in Indianapolis, describes itself as “marching’s major leagues.” It’s the arena where bugleists and drummers from across the nation vie to perform; attending camps and practicing hours for the chance to perform with an elite corps of students age 14-21.
Several Troy High and Troy Athens students were chosen by Kalamazoo’s Legends Drum & Bugle Corps, as well as other regional outfits, for six weeks of performances (not to mention 16-18 hour days in the summer heat) across the Midwest. The grueling days of marching in uniform under the hot summer sun only increased their determination.
Alex Bidolli, a 2010 Athens graduate, played baritone with Legends this summer. Bidolli said he initially joined because “it looked cool,” and he wanted to be a better musician. He said he learned, through the experience, that the same principles that make a successful corps member — discipline, drive and taking a professional approach to solve problems — would enable him to “do anything in the real world.”
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