Humans of Drum Corps: Claire Albrecht


"When you think about drum corps, you can't ignore the Cadets. With 84 years of history, the maroon and gold, the West Point uniform…I was just drawn to Cadets because of their history and what they achieved on the field. 

There's definitely a part of me that would have died to wear the classic Maroon and Gold uniform, but not having that experience didn’t take away from the fact that I'm a Cadet. We're all here and we're working just as hard as the people who came before us.

Drum corps just pushes you to wake up every day and make a conscious decision to try. I'm so glad that I had people along the way who encouraged me to audition, because drum corps is absolutely an environment where you can learn a lot about yourself. 

It's an experience that I would not trade for the world." 

-Claire Albrecht // Drum Major: The Cadets

Photo by  Josh Clements

Photo by Josh Clements

Photos by Josh Clements and Zach Ashcraft

Artist Spotlight: Courtney Burgess - DCI Illustrations

Photo by Zach Ashcraft

Photo by Zach Ashcraft

Courtney Burgess is a Colorguard Member and soon to be Senior at Hebron High School. Like many in the Marching Arts, Courtney auditioned for guard along with a friend. While challenging at first, she eventually grew to love it. 

"The thing I like most about band is that it is its own little family. The marching arts have given me a place to call home. Joining Guard was like a ray of light...It gave me a group of people that I could talk to and share most of my days with"

In addition to Colorguard, Courtney spends a lot of her time creating artwork. She's even created an ongoing series of Drum Corps Illustrations representing recent uniform designs and show concepts.

"I tend to doodle a lot in my classes (especially math), and I started drawing the Carolina Crown’s vocalist uniform, since I had their show stuck in my head. Soon my page was starting to get covered, so I drew better versions later that day. I’m actually planning on drawing more shows from different years, and making them into keychains." 

Courtney has created a full set of illustrations from the 2017 DCI Finalist shows, and continues to work on more.

 "Such great things have come out of DCI and BOA, and I hope to be drawing my own DCI uniform one day."

To see more of Courtney's work, you can check out her Etsy Store here or follow her onTwitter