The GLASSMEN organization is devoted to the education of all the young people it touches, both members and fans.
There are 150 members in the drum corps, ranging in age from 16-22, and an average age of 19.5 years. They travel from all over the world to perform with the GLASSMEN - from as far away as Holland, Germany, England, and Japan, and as close to home as Detroit, Indianapolis, Cleveland and Toledo. About 60% of the corps is based out of the tri-state area: 11% from Indiana, 21% from Michigan and 28% from Ohio.
They experience more than just movement and performance, they learn about life. They experience winning and losing, fatigue and exhilaration, and growing as an individual, yet being a part of a larger whole. They learn about teamwork, striving for excellence, working towards goals, and going beyond their own perceived limits. The members of the GLASSMEN grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The lessons and life skills they take with them continue to serve them and help to define their adult lives.
The GLASSMEN hires over 40 professional individuals throughout the course of the season to train and instruct the drum corps to perform in a world-class competitive arena. The staff is comprised of musicians and designers from all over the US that come together to create a thrilling program for not only the members and the organization, but the fans around the world. These instructors are not only the best in the activity, but they are also well-known in their fields outside of drum corps, including award winning designers, arts organization executives, and established musical directors in Ohio, Texas, Florida, and California.
The support staff of parents, alumni and volunteers is the heart and soul of any non-profit organization, especially within a drum and bugle corps. The complexity and diversity of the GLASSMEN organization requires an immense amount of combined effort on the part of this support team. Several areas of the GLASSMEN are organized strictly by our dedicated volunteers. The facilities we own require constant maintenance and clean-up labor. Camp weekends require a minimum of 20 people to help cook, clean, and work on various projects during the corps rehearsals. The summer drum corps season requires an immense amount of volunteer time for cooking, driving, sewing, and health care - seven days a week during an eight-week summer tour! Our support team also helps with fundraising projects and organizes the All-Star Review and Summer Showcase drum corps competitions hosted by the GLASSMEN during the summer season.
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