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Northview grads spending summer with Drum and Bugle Corps

Friday, June 24, 2005

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Rochelle Bullerdick and Whitney Medworth are traveling with the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps of Fort Mill, S.C., this summer.

Two local residents are seeing the U.S.A. this summer performing and traveling with the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps of Fort Mill, S.C.

Whitney Medworth and Rochelle Bullerdick are members of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. They auditioned during the spring and moved in at Fort Mill for spring training on May 29. Since that time they have been practicing 12 hours a day, 7 days a week learning the 11-minute show, while sleeping on a gym floor and eating their meals from the food truck.

Rochelle is in the color guard and Whitney is in the trumpet section. Both are graduates of Northview High School and alumni of the Marching Knights. Other members of the corps come from all over the United States and as far away as Japan.

Their first competition is in Fort Mill and then they hit the road for the next eight weeks. They will travel to 38 cities in 22 states and perform over 40 times.

Their season ends with the Drum Corps International Championships at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., on Aug.13. Each day they will travel overnight in charter buses, sleep on a local gym floor for a few hours, practice during the day, compete in the evening and then get on the buses and move to the next location and repeat the process.

The Carolina Crown is one of the top 10 Drum and Bugle Corps in the world and has been in existence since 1988, writes Northview Band Director Bob Medworth.

One stop for the group will be the DCI Midwestern Championships at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis on July 30.

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