During their summer break, Jackson Barousse ‘20 and Jake Murillo ‘19 worked with corps from Drum Corps International (DCI).
DCI is the often known as the ‘superbowl’ of marching bands and contains some of the best musicians in the country. To have two of our Crusaders Bandsmen representing Brother Martin in the two corps is a huge honor and an experience of a lifetime for these drummers. Jackson Barousse belongs to the Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, a DCI corps based out of Lafayette, Louisiana. Jake Murillo belongs to the Phantom Regiment, a DCI corps based out of Rockford, Illinois.
“Marching with the Phantom Regiment carried an important emotional connection with me after I learned of Mr. Marty Hurley, a past band director at Brother Martin who had taught Phantom Regiment in the 1980’s. I was incredibly honored to have been given the opportunity to carry on his legacy. And what was especially incredible was that many of the older staff at Phantom Regiment could still clearly and fondly remember Mr. Hurley and from time to time tell me stories about him. Although I had never met the man, I felt I was able to connect deeply to him through my connection with both Brother Martin and Phantom Regiment which I really appreciated,” said Jake.
Both corps have a difficult audition process just to compete for places in the groups. Once the two DCI corps are set, each specific corps learns an exciting field show which includes young people performing marching brass and percussion. These corps strive for absolute perfection, and instructors from across the country work with the members to perfect their performance throughout the whole summer. After learning the shows, the groups ‘tour’ the United States from California to Louisiana, and all points in between, culminating in a final competition to recognize and award the best corps.
Jackson noted “one of my favorite experiences this summer was performing in Lucas Oil Stadium for World Class Prelims. I saw all of my hard work and dedication to the activity pay off in one final performance. Additionally, I got to watch Jake along with some Brother Martin alumni (Nathan Teed ‘15 and Dominique Lousteau ‘16) perform with their respective groups. Seeing their successes made me so proud that we are all part of this activity and can bring our experiences back to school with us.”
Along with our two Crusader Bandsmen, Jackson and Jake, Senior Drum Major Nicholas Gendron has performed in the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps from Montgomery, Alabama in the past. This summer, Gendron did not participate in the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps because he wanted to focus on his job as the Crusader Band Drum Major. The Crusader Band and directors greatly appreciate his efforts to focus on the school year.
Jake reflected, “I'll never forget hitting the very last note of the season in Lucas Oil Stadium in front of thousands during world championship finals and crying, wishing I could do it over and over again. I learned so much about myself musically and mentally, and I feel that I came out of the season a man. I am now so thankful for the Phantom Regiment. This summer was such a dream come true, and I am so proud to know that I put all of my heart and soul into everything I did with outstanding results.”
Congratulations to these Crusader Bandsmen on their tremendous accomplishments over the summer with the drum corps! We can’t wait to see your talents take stage during this school year with the Crusader Band.