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The toughest decision Carolina Crown pit member Eric Roundy had to make in 2013 was whether or not to march. He was financially unable to make the commitment and had to take a year away from Crown. This decision turned out for the best and Eric traveled to Europe for the performance of his life.

Eric is a marimba player in the Crown pit and will be aging out in 2014 after six years of drum corps. “I am very excited to be a part of the 2014 Carolina Crown for my 6th and final season of Drum Corps,” said the Tennessee Tech University student. He ended up performing in 2013 in the Universal Marimba Competition held in Sint-Truiden Belgium. “Also, in 2014 I was a finalist in the Nashville Philharmonic Concerto Competition and a 1st place winner of the American Protege International Concerto Competition where I have been asked to perform a recital at Carnegie Hall in May.”

Having a DJ for a father, Eric grew up around music. “My dad really inspired me to love performing and cherish music for what it is,” said Eric. He followed in his brother’s footsteps in 4th grade and played percussion in the band. The next year he and his family moved from Vermont to Tennessee where he saw his brother play bass drum in the Sevier County High School drumline.

“Later in the summer of my 5th grade year I was exposed to something that changed my life, Drum Corps. I remember already being so amazed by the high school band that seeing these other groups just blew my mind and I knew that this was something that I had to strive to do.”

In 2008 Eric auditioned for the Pioneer Drum Corps and at age 14 was given a contract to play xylophone. That summer he saw Carolina Crown for the first time. “I was amazed,” Eric remembered, “I loved their uniforms and loved their show and remember trying to see them on tour as much as I could.”

After three years marching with Pioneer, Eric was ready and auditioned for his dream corps. He was given a spot in the pit for the 2011 season saying, “I don't think I have ever been as happy as I was that day. I made a dream come true.”

Eric is excited to be back with his Crown family in 2014. “I would not be the person or musician I am now if it was not for Carolina Crown. I am truly a different person after marching Crown. I have learned not only musical skills, I have learned life and leadership skills that I can bring to my students and colleagues.”

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