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Ethan Marcus was born during the gentle month of August, just as The Addams Family and frosted tips were making their way back into the mainstream. He grew up in a small town called Pleasant Grove, where he would one day become a part of the visual, musical and theatrical arts. After several years of playing pee-wee football and baseball with his fraternal twin, Ethan wanted to become a part of an activity that could satisfy his need to perform without having to pretend like he knew how to tackle. He received his first bite of the performance bug when he joined his classmates in the high school production of "Sleeping Beauty.” Still yearning to learn what the arts had to offer, Ethan found his way into his high school band. It was there that he learned how to play the trumpet. After a couple years of juggling band and theater rehearsals, he still desired more. However, it wasn't until he auditioned for the school's winter guard in his freshman year that he finally felt he had found his utmost passion.
Later that year, on a misty Thursday evening rehearsal, Ethan's guard director asked him if he would be interested in auditioning for Spirit (from JSU at the time). Thrilled at the opportunity to get off the couch and finally experience outdoor color guard, Ethan went on to audition and make Spirit from JSU in the summer of 2007. For a 15-year-old, being a part of a finalist drum corps was everything he could have hoped for and more physically demanding than he ever thought. It was during this summer he first saw The Cavaliers perform at the first show of the season. Never had he seen anything like it before. It wasn't the drill, choreography or the technical excellence that captured him most, but rather he could see that there was something underneath the exterior. Was it a connection between performer to performer? The dominance of their craft? He had to find out. And so he went on to audition for them the next summer. Even from the first audition camp, he knew that this was where he was supposed to be. This is what it meant to have an electric connection and bond between not only yourself and your craft, but with everyone else working toward the same goal. This was home. It was his honor to have been given a spot during the summer of 2008, and it would continue to be his honor until the summer of 2013 when he aged out with The Cavaliers, as his second year of being the Guard Sergeant would also end. During this time, he had the enormous pleasure of also marching with Northeast Independent Winter Guard in 2010 and The Pride of Cincinnati from 2012 to 2013. He also had the privilege of working for various programs in his neighborhood such as Adalaide Independent, Oak Mountain High Visual Ensemble, Shades Valley Performance Ensemble, Hoover High School Color guard and Southeast Visual Ensemble.
This will be Ethan's sixth year of teaching The Cavaliers' Color Guard and he could not be more excited to help continue the tradition of excellence and brotherhood for the summer of 2019.