Another Sixteen Story from our newest addition – Development Associate Catherine Logan – about marching band, piccolos and young love.
My name is Catherine Logan and I am the new Development Associate here at Theatre Exile. I am so excited to be part of the theatre company that I have so admired and respected for many years. When I graduated from DeSales University in 2008 with my BA in Theatre, my ultimate goal was to be working in the marketing/development department of a small Philadelphia theatre company such as Theatre Exile. I knew it would take a lot of determination and discipline to get me here, which leads me to my Sweet 16 story…
When I was 16 years old I was a sophomore at Council Rock High School in Bucks County, PA. It was a crazy year for me. I was finally at the big bad high school, my mom gave birth to my little brother Matthew on 9/11/01 (oh yeah the actual day), I met my high school boyfriend Mike Lipton in my homeroom and went to all of his wrestling matches, but most importantly I participated in the greatest thing that has ever happened to me – playing the piccolo in Marching Band.
Yes, Marching Band. The month of August before school begins, you spend every Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm in training. Everything from learning the proper marching techniques, breathing placement, arm and step coordination, perfecting five different musical numbers, and standing at attention for long periods of time. You have the mentality engraved in your head that there is no “I” in team, and that each member of the band is your family.
The lessons I learned in Marching Band I have taken with me throughout my whole life. I have become an excellent team player, and I know when it is important to have fun and when it is important to buckle down and get work done. I have become disciplined to respect my elders and follow the lead of those who want the best for me.
Truly, the work ethics of Theatre and Marching Band go hand in hand. You train hard, prep for the big event or game, and perform to the best of your ability. In Theatre you prep your company for the next performance, do everything to get your audience jazzed about the show, and put a great show out there for the public to enjoy.
I cannot wait to use my discipline and team work skills I learned when I was 16 here at Theatre Exile. And if the staff needs a little pick me up, I am sure they will appreciate my piccolo rendition of “Gonna Fly Now (The Rocky Theme Song)”.