Performing Corps: Colts
On his very first drum corps summer tour, Patrick Jackson of Evansville will be performing this season with The Colts Drum and Bugle Corps from Dubuque, IA. Patrick is a prolific musician as he has been a six year member of the North Green Brigade Marching Band and a four year member of both the EVSC Honors Band and the EVSC Honors Jazz Band. This summer Patrick will be a member of the brass section playing the Euphonium, which is a big change from his eight years of playing the saxophone.
This young musician became interested in music performing arts at an early age. “My sister is older than me and was attending North High School at the time, and was in marching band. With my parents always being around band in the pit crew, I always seemed to find my way somehow to every single competition or football game performance. Those were the times that I feel in love with marching music, and I could not wait until finally it was my turn to be a part of the band in high school,” says Jackson. His seventh grade year he was asked to march with the North Green Brigade by then North music director, Steve Shelley.
His first DCI experience was in 2013 when DRUMS on the OHIO came back from its 5 year hiatus. Patrick says,” There was nothing like it. The corps that were participating were amazing and instantly made me desire to be a part of that type of group. As a fan you live for those moments, but as a musician you are those moments. As a musician on the field bringing moments like that to life is a feeling that will be longed remembered. It is the few moments of the show where you are able to feel invincible and a part of something bigger than yourself. It is moments like those that make you want to march DCI. Drum corps means the chance of a lifetime, an opportunity to touch so many people with an activity that I keep very close to my heart.”
The hard work and experiences gained this summer for Patrick will be unforgettable. After months of auditions, Patrick’s dream of marching with a drum corps is finally becoming a reality. He says about his experience, “I will challenge myself by being a part of something special, something unlike anything in this world. Something called drum corps.”
After Patrick’s summer tour ends, he plans to attend the University of Evansville where he will study business and play in the bands at UE. We look forward to seeing Patrick and The Colts perform at DRUMS on the OHIO on June 29.