Photograph by Roxanna Peykamian
Role: Series creator, Interviewer, Author
Strategy: Highlight summertime jobs and internship experiences of UNCSA students to help prospective students see how they might use their art in action.
Success: “Tour Life” was the first of a five-story series. The series has continued each summer, sharing new stories from across all five UNCSA conservatories.
Excerpt: “It’s essentially the NFL of Marching Band,” says Roxanna Peykamian (Filmmaking ’19) of her summertime employer, Drum Corps International (DCI). This is serious business.
Each year, more than 8,000 students audition for fewer than 3,500 positions in top-tier DCI member corps. More than 400,000 fans attend live drum corps events. Peykamian’s corps, Carolina Crown, is based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, and travels around the country for three months each summer, performing in nearly 30 cities.
The DCI World Championships are held in Indianapolis, Indiana, each August. Carolina Crown has placed in the top 10 for the last 14 years and claimed the number three overall spot in 2016.