Section Spotlight: Meet the Cymbals

For today's spotlight, we highlighted the cymbal section. The 2018 Crossmen cymbal section is made up of four members: Ben Kurtze, Ian Anstaett, David Peterson, and Matthew Overly. Ben and Ian are both second-year members, while David and Matthew are rookies. We sat them down to talk about cymbals, tour, and the 2018 production. 

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What has the 2018 season been like so far?

We flew into Beaumont, Texas to stay with the family of a recent cymbal age-out before move-ins and then we moved to Heroes Stadium in San Antonio for Spring Training. -Ben

How has the staff been this season?

The staff is great. They're just so knowledgable about the craft. It helps you realize how much you still have to learn. -Ian

What's unique about playing cymbals? 

We're technically percussion, but it's kind of a mix of everything. We hold our instruments like brass players, but we also do a lot of visual. It kind of sets us apart from every other section. -Ben

Tell us about the cymbal community:

I like the cymbal community. You've heard of someone or you've marched with someone so everyone knows each other. -Matthew

What are you excited for about this season?

I'm excited to get on tour and see what it's all about. -David

Describe the 2018 show:

There's going to be a lot of emotion. It's a pretty emotional show. -David

What has drum corps taught you?

Figuring out how to overcome stuff quickly. It helps you identify problems and decide whether or not you can do something about it. -Ben


Come check out the cymbals and the rest of the Crossmen at a show on tour this summer!