Meet the 2016 Drum Majors
We are pleased to announce that Aidan Williams and Mark Hambleton will lead the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps in 2016. With a combined 8 years of drum corps experience, we couldn’t think of better people to represent the Crusaders as we enter in our 76th season of competition. Still interested in conducting? There are still field conductors positions open for the 2016 season. Find out more and register to be a conductor at www.joinbostoncrusaders.com/register. Find out more about Aidan and Mark:
Q: Whats your full name, age, and years with the corps?
A: Aidan James Williams, I’m 21 years old and this will be my 5th summer with the BAC
M: Mark Alan Hambleton, I’m 20 and this will be my 3rd year with the BAC
Q: Where are you from?
A: Lake Worth, Florida
M: Austin, Texas
Q: Where do/did you go to school?
A: Park Vista HS-Graduated in 2012, and I am currently attending Florida State University
M: Hendrickson High School, and I currently attend The University of Texas at Austin
Q: What do you study or what is your current major?
A: Actuarial Science and Risk Management Insurance
M: Music Education and Acoustics
Q: Tell us something about yourself and your interests?
A: I played roller hockey for about 9 years and it is absolutely my favorite sport. Volleyball and Ultimate Frisbee are next on the list. I have been playing guitar since the 5th grade and I play on a worship team at my church at Florida State. I also am a math geek and a clean/neat freak.
M: I enjoy being active as much as possible. I love going to the lake, paddle boarding, running and rock climbing. I have wonderful friends, and love hanging out with them as much as possible and being surrounded by them as well as family. Any other time that I have is spent practicing my clarinet, which is my passion, and arranging music as a side hobby.
Q: What does being a Crusader mean to you?
A: As I approach my 5th and final year, I have concluded that being a Crusader means to be a part of a group of people who are passionate about each other. In the end, the only thing that has ever truly mattered, every season, has been the relationships and connections that I have developed with my fellow Crusaders.
M: To me being a Crusader means loving those around you in your Crusader family, and possessing the will to do anything for them. Being a Crusader is about never giving up, even when the entire universe is against you because you know at the end of the day you are part of something much greater.
Q: Why should ANYONE audition to be a Crusader in 2016?
A: You should audition to be a Crusader because you want to join a group of amazing people and to experience an unforgettable summer of growth. The team of people we have assembled over the years that keeps the corps running truly make for an amazing member experience here at the Boston Crusaders that one can’t find anywhere else. We have a very rich history and sense of togetherness that makes being a Crusader special.
M: I encourage anyone who’s interested to audition to be a Crusader because you have nothing to lose; you will make friends and connections that will last you a lifetime. It is a truly rewarding organization that creates once in a lifetime memories and bonds.
Q: What advice would you give to anyone who is auditioning for the corps today?
A: For the couple of months leading up to camp, preparation is key. However, as you get closer to the audition, you should be ready and your focus should shift to staying humble and relaxed. Passion for the corps, a good attitude, and confidence are what we are looking for. While at a camp, have fun with the experience! Also, do your best beforehand to get to know faces and names, it will take the nervous edge away. Everyone will be going through the same thing that you will be, so you mine as well do it together.
M: My advice to any one auditioning would be to just be confident and enjoy the experience! Do not give up, no matter what. I auditioned for another corps before Boston, and I could tell it just was not for me, however when I came to a Boston camp, the veteran members made me feel like I had already been marching for several years. The family atmosphere at Boston is simply incredible, and It can change lives for the better. You have what it takes…tell yourself that and just sign up to audition. Follow through, and attend an Audition Experience, you won’t forget or regret it!
CONGRATULATIONS TO AIDAN AND MARK, 2016 DRUM MAJORS
REGISTER TO BE A CRUSADER IN 2016! CLICK HERE: www.joinbostoncrusaders.com/register TODAY!