The success of the Music City Drum Corps depends upon a team of volunteers who fill many key roles, including feeding hungry corps members and staff during weekend camps. Alumni volunteer Kenneth Sutton of Springfield, Tenn. talks about his experience helping during the February camp and why other corps alumni members should consider volunteering, too. Sutton marched in the euphonium/baritone section with Music City in 2013 and 2014.
Q: Why did you decide to volunteer for Music City’s weekend camp?
Kenneth Sutton: I decided to volunteer because I always enjoy giving back to such a great organization that has always held a special place in my heart.
Q: What sort of tasks did you do as a volunteer?
KS: As a volunteer I helped with registration and also in the kitchen preparing the food.
Q: What special talents or skills were needed for your volunteer role?
KS: I work at a financial institution processing consumer loans and opening accounts, personal and business, but no special talents or skills were needed to volunteer and help in the kitchen or with registration.
Q: Was your experience volunteering at a weekend camp what you expected?
KS: Every time I go to weekend camps to volunteer the corps always exceeds my expectations. I enjoy getting to spend time watching everyone during block throughout the weekend and see how much hard work they are putting in.
Q: What was your favorite part of your weekend working to support the corps?
KS: My favorite part of the weekend is just seeing all the smiling faces of people that are working hard and enjoying the amazing experience that Music City is able to provide.
Q: What was the hardest part of your volunteer experience?
KS: The hardest part of the volunteer experience is just having to leave at the end of camps. I enjoy spending the weekend with the corps and the volunteers. I made a lot of memories as a member of the corps and now I am making even more as a volunteer.
Q: What would you say to other Music City alumni who are considering serving as a volunteer in the future?
KS: I would encourage everyone to volunteer at camps because it is a great experience. It has definitely allowed me to be a part of the corps in a completely different way that is still very enjoyable. All the help received is definitely greatly appreciated and needed to make sure that the camps and tour run smoothly. Even if it is just for a day, weekend or week during move-ins you’ll be happy you volunteered.
To learn more about volunteering or to sign up for a couple of hours or a couple of days, contact Music City’s volunteer coordinator Paulette Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org. The next on-site opportunity to help is the April 26-28 rehearsal camp at Freedom Middle School in Franklin, Tenn. Watch the corps’ website and Facebook page for future volunteer needs.