Feb 022015

Steve Aylward wrote this post as part of our Glassmen alumni blog series. He was a member of the brass section from 1998 to 2002. Below, Steve describes how being a member helped him become a music educator.

Everyone has their own experiences of what the Glassmen meant to them and how the organization impacted their life. I am sure that eventually in this space I will have the chance to talk at some length about it, but as I started to think through this first blog, I made a realization…

I owe my professional life and career to the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps.

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Jan 092015

Jenny Porter Tilley wrote this post as part of our Glassmen alumni blog series. She was a member of the brass section in 2001 and 2002. 

It’s not unusual to hear odd sounds in an old, crumbling building in the middle of nowhere. Those of us burdened with an overwhelming sense of logic can always attribute it to something our teeny human brains can comprehend: Plumbing. Wind. Settling. Animals. The person sleeping nearby.

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Mar 182013


I began distancing myself from the Glassmen after marching two seasons. I felt it happening during the next audition season, when I got a phone call from the new mellophone tech wanting to know if I’d be at camp. I was still on their list.

Sitting on the floor of my kitchen, I explained to her that I wouldn’t be back for the next season. I thought that would be the end of the conversation. Instead, I spent the next 45 minutes to an hour talking about the strengths and weaknesses of every other mellophone vet on her list and telling her who was likely to come back.

It was my last contribution to the Glassmen until, 10 years later, I helped start our alumni association. This post, the first in what I hope to be a long-term series by as many alumni as possible, is to tell you why I came back, with the hopes that it’ll inspire you to tell your own story.

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