What was your fave year as a member, and why? Personal and/or corps reasons.
For me it was my rookie year, with Capital Regiment, in 2004. Experiences are always most intense and memorable the first time around, and I felt like every housing site, show, etc was burned into my mind and body for a year afterward. It was a huge musical, physical, emotional and social challenge, and the feeling of accomplishment I felt at the end of the summer was incredible. Lost 25 lbs. It was the first time I had been immersed in rehearsing and performance constantly, and it convinced me to declare a music major that fall.
A lot of the corps were rookies, and there were a bunch of 15-17 year olds. A lot of low brass, like me, had minimal experience on our instruments. First year for the corps on Bb horns. Our design staff and instructors were mostly Cadets, and they kicked the hell of us all the time, but we respected them for it. I think a lot of people (again myself included) were just so young, naive and happy to be in a corps that we didn't notice some of the off-field issues as much. The show was classic '90s Cadets, an arrangement of Holsinger. Theme was very light. No props, no characters, no narration, no amps, no ########. People liked us, and we went from 19th to 14th.