My name is Chase McDaniel. Music is my life & drum corps is my dream!!! I have been faithfully preparing to audition for drum corps for the past 2 years. And I made it! I am training and touring with the Louisiana Stars Drum & Bugle Corps this summer. We train long 14 hour days and it is mentally and physically exhausting, but we LOVE it! For those of you who do not know what DCI is, it is like the "SuperBowl" of marching bands. This is not your average high school half time show- these musicians are the best of the best around the US (many even come from other countries). Once the tour stars, we will travel the US to our various competition locations. And guess what? We dont stay in a hotel, oh no... We stay in various high school gyms sleeping on air mattress & live out of a suitcase. We bring a minimum of 14 days of clothes and supplies because we only have wash days every 2 weeks. This is not a vacation, it is work, but it's what brings us closer together as a corps and as musicians. AND we do it all for FREE! Actually we pay our own tuition and extra expenses for this opportunity of a lifetime. If you are able to help offset my tuition/extra expenses of nearly $2,600 it would mean more to me than you know. This is not just a summer camp, this is training towards my music career. Thank you, Chase McDaniel.