One of the most memorable moments of the 2011 drum corps season came near the end of the Troopers’ performance of their show, “The Road Home”. Forming an infinity symbol, the brass struck a chord which seemed to go on for just that long, much to the delight of the fans in the stands. The moment was, fittingly, referred to as “The Infinity Chord”.
Performing in the Troopers during that show was 19 year old Maria Brandone. It is safe to say that her experience with the Troopers and memories of The Infinity Chord have left an impact. Even though Maria has moved on to march in Crossmen’s front ensemble for 2012, Maria has found a unique and entrepreneurial way to raise money for tour.
Taking a cue from Lance Armstrong and the LIVESTRONG wrist band, Maria has started an Etsy business called “Infinity Cords”, an obvious play on last year’s Troopers moment. Maria opened her store in September of 2011, shortly after returning from tour, and sells wrist bands featuring college, fashion, and also drum corps related themes. In the case of drum corps, Maria uses corps names and slogans, an example being the Cadets’ FHNSAB (For Holy Name Shall Always Be). Maria appears to have struck a chord of her own because, as of the beginning of March, she has raised over $1600, a significant amount towards her Crossmen tuition and especially impressive considering that is 80% of her profit. Maria’s success has led to her story getting featured on HelpMeMarch.org and is definitely a different approach to the fundraising most DCI members do in order to march.
Maria recently went on tour so her Etsy store has scaled back to just donations and sponsorships, but you can still support Maria as she marches in 2012. You can find Maria’s store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/infinitycords#. You can also catch Maria and the Crossmen on tour this summer. To find a show near you, check out the Crossmen’s schedule on DCI’s website: http://www.dci.org/schedule/?mode=corps&criteria=72683c73-8809-40ff-b0aa-37741f59cd8b
UPDATE: Sharon Pearce, mother of a Phantom Regiment marching member, is the proud owner of a BD Infinity Cord. She was kind enough to send me photos of the cord so you could all see what one looks like: