|Robert D. Weber is Of Counsel in DLA Piper’s Securities Litigation practice group, located in Los Angeles, CA. He has represented corporate clients in a variety of industries, including financial services, technology, real estate and medical devices. Rob and his wife, Karyn, have been major donors to Pacific Crest since 2000, having made significant gifts toward our first capital campaign and the Executive Director Campaign.|
I saw Pacific Crest perform in its very first competition, or at least, in its first weekend of competition. I had never heard of the corps with this funny name before they came onto the field. I was surprised and impressed by the quality of the performance, the balance within the hornline and between the horns and drums, and the fact that the design of the show was appropriate for the experience of the performers. I remember thinking to myself, "whoever is running this corps knows what they are doing."
I marched with the Cavaliers in 1985, 1986 and 1987 — well, perhaps it would be more accurate to say that I "stood" with the corps, as I was a pit performer. I also spent four years in the University of Illinois Marching Illini, and have taught a number of high school and college drumlines over the years, locally including UCLA.
Drum corps was one of the most significant formative experiences of my youth. Drum corps is an extraordinarily effective way to teach life lessons including teamwork, persistence, dedication to excellence, overcoming adversity, living and working with people from different backgrounds, as well as being an incredibly fun way to see the country. I learned a great deal from the activity, and I think it is important to keep the activity vibrant so that future generations can experience the same thing.
PC is a high quality organization that provides a high quality experience to great kids. Everything the corps does is well thought out and executed, from programming to budgeting to teaching to alumni and booster relations. The drum corps activity needs more groups like PC.