Member Spotlight: Susan Biscardi

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Our first member spotlight of the season goes to Susan Biscardi. A member of the color guard, this is Susan's fourth year with Crossmen. She took time outside of rehearsal and answered a few questions about membership, the season, and her experience with the corps. 

  Photograph by Katie Martinez

Photograph by Katie Martinez

What's it like being back for Spring Training?

It's very hot, but I'm so glad to be back here and be with all of my friends and family who I haven't seen since August. It's hard taking nine months off, but being back and with everyone again is great. 

How did you get involved with Crossmen?

I marched open class for two years and my caption head had marched Crossmen. She always told me how amazing it was and how great the family was, so I came to Texas. 

What's your favorite thing about Crossmen?

Definitely the family environment we have. Everyone is so close and everyone cares so much about each other. And that's not just the members--it's the staff, the admin. It's just a great environment. 

What has been your favorite year with the Crossmen so far?

Probably 2015. It was such a light and happy show to perform. I think the crowd really enjoyed it.

What's the general mood amongst the guard?

The guard is working very hard. We're all ready to start performing and everyone's super excited for the season. 

What can people expect out of the 2018 show?

The show is a lot different than years past. From the drill to the music, we're doing a lot.  

Do you prefer tour or spring training? 

Tour. I like the change of scenery. Seeing all of the football fields across the country is much more interesting than just one. 

Describe the show in one word.

Intense.

Front of the bus or back?

Front. Gotta get off first.

Crunchy or smooth peanut butter?

Crunchy. Definitely crunchy.

What's one thing about drum corps that you think everyone should know?

It's such a different experience than anything else. You get three months just to focus on the activity that you love and I think that's such a cool experience. 

What's a piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to do drum corps in the future?

Don't be afraid. Reach out and make new friends. It's hard when you don't know anyone, but after the season, the things you take with you are the relationships.

What are you most excited about for the season?

I'm excited to start performing. I think that the different type of show we're doing is really going to intrigue the audience. I'm excited to put that on the field and show people what we've been working on.