This is Carter Taylor’s first year on staff at Chromium Winds where he serves as the low brass instructor. Taylor comes from Aurora, Illinois and has his bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Northern Illinois University where his primary instructor was Jeremy Moeller, the principal trombonist in the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Taylor marched with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from 2013-2017. Along with Chromium Winds, he also serves as the visual caption head at Crystal Lake Thunder and Kaneland Winter Percussion, and was the winds and visual caption heads at Kaneland High School for the 2018 season. He is currently employed at Yelp in Chicago. In his free time when he isn’t practicing, he enjoys spending time with friends and getting out and exploring.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE AUDITIONING FOR CHROMIUM WINDS?
First, practice practice practice! Work on your audition material to the point where you can consistently play everything without any doubts about what you're doing. Second, be attentive and soak up as much information as possible while you're attending the actual camps. The instructors look for who applies information quickly and adapts to new concepts. Finally, be yourself! Meet new people and soak in the experience.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE STORY OR MEMORY FROM WHEN YOU WERE A PERFORMER?
My favorite story from the time I marched which impacted all aspects of my life happened in the summer of 2016. Our visual caption head, Mike Tarr, gave us a speech about the difference between being good versus being great. He spoke about how it all comes from elevating your standards for yourself and always striving to be better than the last time you did something.