Timothy “T-Bone” Brandt was first introduced to drum corps his Freshmen year of high school, after his first band camp, when a friend in the drumline gave him a VHS tape of DCI Finals. His life would be forever altered after seeing Madison, Phantom Regiment, and of course, Star of Indiana, among other memorable performances. Thus, his drum corps obsession was born.
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Tim first auditioned for the Glassmen Tenor Line as a 16-year-old in ’96’. He and another 16 years old, Devin Namacky (who’s twin brother went on to be center snare and lead the G-Men drumline through its golden years), were eventually cut from being 4th and 5th tenor, with the center three going on to their age out. Tim was determined to march that summer, and after searched the infancy of drum corps on the interwebs, discovered that VK had a spot in the pit open. After a brief discussion on the phone with Jim Wunderlich, he was off to Southern California to join VK, the day after viewing the first show of the season in Toledo. Tim assumed the vaunted position of ‘rack boy’ in the percussion ensemble and enjoyed an amazing first year of drum corps, touring coast to coast, and learning so much from hacking every night directly on all surfaces of the tour bus with the other members. Memories include the cool blue jumpsuits, red chucks, rehearsal on the beach in Santa Barbara, the laid back California members, getting chills from watching Phantom Regiment all summer (whom he predicted would win after seeing Toledo), turning from the food truck to see an insane vista of the Rockie Mountains as he enjoyed his cereal, and ending the summer behind the Phantom Regiment podium, watching the victory run, knowing they had captured his heart. Tim went on to march Tenors for the Phantom Regiment from ’98-2000, where they came in 4th in Percussion at DCI Finals. Tim has since transitioned back to fan and supporter of drum corps, taking a break from civilian life to win a DCI ring making grilled cheese for the corps in 2008.
In 2013, Tim started developing iOS apps, and while developing a simulated sports gambling game and browsing drum corps forums, thought of the idea to have apps for drum corps fans to be scored based on their predictions. Fantasy Drum Corps was born out of the idea to give drum corps fans a place to play social games relating to the actual events playing themselves out in DCI. Over the years, Tim has seen the demand for users doing exactly that in manual text form.
Tim’s eventual dream for Fantasy Drum Corps is for Michael Cesario to realize their genius and agree to endorse the app, and design a line of ‘risque’ drum corps apparel for them to offer to their fans.
Tim hopes that you, the drum corps fan, enjoy what Fantasy Drum Corps has to offer and it’s up to the standard deserving from such an amazing activity that is Drum Corps and the amazing, passionate people that it attracts. There is so much more to come. We are just getting started!