2016 Local Corps Member: David Altman

Performing Corps: Carolina Crown


Marching in his second year with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps is David Altman of Newburgh, IN. David is a 2015 Castle High School graduate and is currently studying music education at Ball State University. His passion for drum corps runs very deep, as his commitment to this activity has him connecting with people in amazing ways.

As corps fees can be very expensive, David has come up with a creative way to receive donations for his tour fees. As David explains, “Within the last few months I have started a project to help support my tour fees called CorpsMarks. Essentially I hand paint book marks that are styled after a few world class drum corps. I also do custom high school uniform book marks. I have had pretty good success with this project.” So if you know David and are looking for some creative book marks, he is your guy!

Mentoring is something that is also very important to David. In his 2014 season, he was mentored by a baritone age-out who marched Crown in 2013 and 2014. This had a lasting impression on David as last year, David was approached by someone who was interested in marching corps at the DCI Atlanta Regional. As David recalls, ” I was away from the group during visual stretch and a kid about my age approached me. We talked for a few minutes and he had recognized me from my 2015 audition video. After the season he contacted me on Instagram and I actually was able to help mentor him throughout his first Crown audition process. I’m proud to say that he will be marching euphonium alongside me this summer!”

Not only is David pursuing his own dreams of performing in drum corps, but he is also using his influence to encourage others to pursue their dreams of marching corps. “I always try to help others march somewhere. I want them to find a home corps that will allow them to experience the amazing gifts that drum corps has to offer,” says Altman.

David hopes to sharpen his skills and further his reach this summer so that he may be able to help others experience the same overwhelming sensation of joy participating in drum corps. We are proud of David as he is able to #ShareTheCorps and #GrowDrumCorps on an individual level. We wish David and the rest of Carolina Crown a great summer season.