OHIO VALLEY — Wahama High School graduate and current Marshall University student Katie Hendricks spent this past summer touring with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corp.
In May, Hendricks flew to San Antonio, Texas, to audition for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corp. There were 150 spots with 600 people auditioning. Not only did she earn a spot on the Colorguard, but was also given a solo dance in the show.
As a youth activity, the world of competitive drum and bugle corps is an intense, choreographed musical experience staged on football stadium fields by students achieving high levels of excellence in performance. Through the drum and bugle corps experience, young people develop life skills including self-discipline, teamwork and leadership.
Crossmen first took the field in 1975 as a successful merger between two smaller suburban Philadelphia corps, the Keystone Regiment and the 507 Hornets. The corps has been a Drum Corps International Division I World Championship finalist 22 times. As an East Coast organization since its founding, the corps made news in 2006 by moving its operations cross-country to San Antonio, Texas.
Drum Corp International is known as “Marching Music’s Major League”
Hendricks has traveled throughout the United States competing in 14 different states at 35 competitions this summer. Her season ended on August 11 at the Finals in Indianapolis.
Hendricks comes from a strong musical background which helped her achieve this goal. Her dad, Chip Hendricks, is the band director at Wahama and her grandfather is the Director of Bands at Rio Grande University, and past band director of Point Pleasant High School.
Hendricks is a senior majoring in Mathematics Education at Marshall University serving as Co-Captain of the colorguard for the Marching Thunder.
Hendricks is the daughter of Chip and Crystal Hendricks of Mason. She also has a younger brother, Michael. Hendricks is a 2010 graduate of Wahama High School.