National Marching Drum Corps has connection to Brownwood

BROWNWOOD, Texas - The National Drum and Bugle Corps performed in Brownwood Thursday evening, which is one of the tour sites as well as home to one of its performers.

Brownwood's Brock Allen was recently accepted into one of the Drum Corps International's (DCI) 23 prestigious marching drum and bugle corps in the nation, the Pacific Crest Corps. It is based in California, where Brock, along with 149 other members, had been preparing for this tour. Brock said he was glad the tour made a pitstop in his hometown.

"It feels pretty good to be home," Brock said. "I was kind of getting homesick this past week and a half so it's good to see friends and family again."

"It was great to see Brock. He's been gone for six weeks now," his mom Kathy Allen said. "I was very excited to see him. It made me a little teary-eyed."

This was the first time Kathy had seen her son since he joined the Pacific Crest Corps. "When your child's gone, that's an adjustment, but his father and I are very proud of him. We're just so happy for him and we're so thankful that God has given him this opportunity and has just blessed him with this talent."

Brock said he had to learn how to play the mellophone in the Pacific Crest Corps, a cross between the trumpet and the french horn. He said touring can be exhausting because of constantly being on-the-go and the lack of free time, but the performances make it worthwhile.

The Pacific Crest Corps started touring this past Monday and will be heading to Houston Friday. They will be performing there and in San Antonio this weekend. It will wrap up in Indiana in August.

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