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Meet the Cast of Our New Series 'Clash of the Corps' Now!

Get to know more about the skilled musicians and performers of 'Clash of the Corps'

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Brandon Olander

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Brandon is a snare drummer with the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. Majoring in Drumset Performance at Berklee College of Music, Brandon grew up in Tucson, Arizona with the support of his piano-playing mom and guitar-playing dad who encouraged his musical endeavors. A series of DCI (Drum Corps International) YouTube videos, many featuring the Blue Devils drumline, inspired him to get involved with the organization. A drumming prodigy, Brandon got his first pair of sticks at 10. He caught the attention of the Blue Devils instructors at 11, when he performed in his first drumline at a Blue Devils camp. Five years later, he became the youngest snare drummer in the Blue Devils at age 16. When he’s not drumming, Brandon enjoys politics, reading, writing, and buying clothes.

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Catie Toal

DCI rehearsal and performance July 23, 2016. Marjorie Kamys Cotera
Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Catie is the ‘rookie’ on the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, having previously marched for the Cadets. She was raised in Destrehan, Louisiana, where Drum Corps in not known or popular in the community. Catie is the first dancer and Color Guard performer in her family of music majors. Currently 18 years old, she first started performing at the young age of fourteen, and found the art and opportunities of drum corps under the guidance of her winter guard teachers and parents. Aside from color guard, Catie enjoys dancing, painting, spinning, playing oboe, and meditating. As for finding love during drum corps, Catie’s motto is: “Let love find you…” It did as she’s currently dating a fellow corps member.

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Kobe Sampson-Davis

DCI rehearsal and performance July 23, 2016. Marjorie Kamys Cotera
Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Kobe is the “comeback kid” from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and lead trumpet for The Cadets corps. He first fell in love with drum corps eight years ago when he saw YouTube videos of The Cadet’s hornlines. Coming from a small town marching band program, the task of performing the "straight leg" marching technique most commonly used in DCI was a daunting one and has been a huge struggle for Kobe, keeping him from getting selected in his first auditions. But he rehearsed relentlessly and internalized everything his instructors told him, earning him the “Most Visually Improved” honor at the end of his rookie season in 2015. When he came back and auditioned for the 2016 season, he blew everyone at the audition away, earning the highest possible score in the music and marching portions of the audition. This earned him a contract at the very first audition camp, which tends to be rare.

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Marisa Spevak

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Marisa plays the marimba for the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps' front ensemble. A psychology major from Yorkville, Illinois, Marisa is a seventh generation percussionist and the second in her family to join DCI. She first started performing with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011. Marisa manages a jet setter's schedule; going to school in Florida, she would often fly to California for a single weekend of rehearsals, then take a red-eye back to school on a Sunday for a Monday morning final exam. She’s also the president of the Psychology National Honor Society on her campus. Even with her competitive edge, the best piece of advice she received was from a fellow corps member: “You need to be cocky behind your instrument, and humble the second you step away."

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Marshall Hallam

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Marshall is a rookie trumpet player for The Cadets corps. With hometown roots in Chantilly, Virginia, he first started performing when he was in the sixth grade. He discovered DCI under the mentorship of his high school band director and section leader, who were involved with the organization. The Cadets turned down Marshall three times before he finally made the corps in 2016, making him the underdog to root for.

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Joye Dewey

DCI rehearsal and performance July 23, 2016. Marjorie Kamys Cotera
Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Joye, a member of the Blue Devils Color Guard, honed her marching skills in Frisco, Texas—where she officially started performing during her freshman year of high school. Color guard runs in Joye’s blood as she follows in the footsteps of her mom, who was a color guard captain in high school. But unlike her mom, Joye has been given the chance to live out her dreams in the drum corps world. She started DCI through her high school guard instructor, who coached her through the audition process. Some of her non-color guard hobbies include reading, teaching, eating, sleeping, dancing, video games, shopping, and top golf. She wants viewers to know they’re not all band nerds.

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Emily Mayerson

Emily Mayerson

Emily always knew she had to be a color guard performer for The Cadets—an aspiration she has fulfilled. The Cadets were the first drum corps she’d ever seen live, and became her introduction to the DCI world. Growing up in Danbury, Connecticut, she began performing as a high school freshman in marching band and winter guard. This set her on a trajectory towards The Cadets that included three seasons with the DCA corps Connecticut Hurricanes and three seasons with Alter Ego Independent World winter guard. Some of her favorite pastimes include hiking, crafting, drawing, traveling, and color guard, obviously.

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