Being a member of the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps is one of the things that shaped who I am. I marched from 1983-1987 as a member of the percussion section.
In 1985, while the corps was under the direction of Mark Mason (in his last year) I was the section leader of the pit and was invited to attend many sessions to talk to the judges after shows. I was a Music Ed major at Ohio State, so this was extremely cool to me. As these sessions went on through the season I had the privilege to hear how we were doing through the eyes of some awesome judges. It was one of the best educational experiences I could have had as a young college student.
My age-out year, 1987 was the year I started dating a horn player, Jeff Crawford, who has been my husband for almost 25 years. He and I moved to Concord, CA, in 1988 so that he could march with the Blue Devils. We had our first child there and then we came home to Toledo. In 1991 we marched in a senior corps from Wyandot, MI, (The Royal Lancers) with 2 kids in tow and many friends from Glassmen trying to relive our glory days. I didn’t continue my Music Ed path but my husband and I have had 5 boys and have passed on a love for music.
The point I’m trying to get to is my time with the Glassmen had a huge impact on my life. I have so many amazing memories that the only way I could think to honor that experience was to help other kids have the same opportunity.
In the past ten years I have helped the corps by working at shows in the alumni booth, working at Monte Carlos as a dealer and food preparer, working at the Bingo for 4 years and helping put together the alumni corps experience in 2005 and now again in 2013.
There is so much we can do to help our beloved drum corps and there are so many ways we can do this, not only by donating funds but by donating time and talent. The first way you could help is by coming to the alumni event in April or be a member of the alumni corps. One of the most important things you don’t want to miss out on is the show in June. We have an amazing lineup of top corps to entertain you and fun alumni events that will be happening as well.
You can also listen to (or better yet participate in) the alumni corps! Whatever you choose to do, know that your Glassmen family is here and all you have to do is reach out to be apart of the present drum corps. You now a different way to have “an experience of a lifetime”!!! (Phrase created by Dan Acheson in his first year, 1986.) Come join the fun!
Jenny Garand Crawford
Please note that posts in the “Why I’m Back” series reflect the views of each individual author. If you’re a past Glassmen performer who’s now involved with the corps in anyway (donating, volunteering, joining the alumni corps, etc.), e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to contribute your own personal essay. Stay tuned for additional posts by alumni who are donating and volunteering for the Glassmen and the Glassmen Alumni Association.