Matt Hartwell Spends Summers Marching to a Different Drummer
For many college students, summer months are more than welcome because they bring the promise of lazy days on the beach, sleeping in late, hanging with their friends and, if they have time, perhaps a part-time job.
Not Matt Hartwell.
Hartwell, 20, of Salem, is spending his summer working much harder than most of his peers – putting in 12-hour work days, traveling thousands of miles across the country on buses with 134 of his closest brothers, and sleeping on gymnasium floors. Hartwell won’t receive a single paycheck for his efforts. In fact, he’ll pay more than $1,600 for the privilege.
And he wouldn’t have it any other way.
The 2004 Salem High School graduate who is now majoring in finance at Virginia Commonwealth University is in his third year as a member of the seven-time Drum Corps International World Championship Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, based in and sponsored by the village of Rosemont, Ill., near Chicago.
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