How I Joined Renegades – Alex Collins

This Del Mar H.S alum started out watching Renegades from the stands while we rehearsed at the school… Here’s how she joined.

I knew about Renegades for a while before joining; they rehearsed at my High School time and again. I remember the excitement run through my little High School band when our director told us the Renegades would be there that weekend. I would almost always drop by the school to listen. Sometimes I’d sit behind the horn line staff and just enjoy the music (not to mention the sound of more than 10 horns). The contras were my favorites.

After I graduated, I got an email offering me a spot in the 2008 horn line sometime in May (they had 5 baritone holes). I dismissed the email as “too late in the season to join.”

I went to the Stanford show in early July that year, and my good friend Bruce met up with me at the show (he was in the Renegades color guard, and was in my class in High School). We walked around and I told him I was hungry but didn’t want to spend money (what can I say? I’m Portuguese). Bruce offered to buy me food on the conditions that I talk to Greg, the current Renegades Corps Director. I was hungry, and I’m a glutton, so I agreed.

We ended up not finding Greg at the show, and went over to his house/the corps hall to talk to him, as promised. I came home with a baritone and and a user name for the members portion of the Renegades website, learned the show in a month, and marched my first of many DCA Finals with the Renegades.

Renegades has proven to be the most rewarding experience of my life thus far. I honestly wouldn’t be as awesome as I am today if it weren’t for the Renegades. You guys probably think I just came into this thing dressing like the universe and wearing neon green pants. In actuality, it’s your fault (jk! ♥).

In all seriousness though, Renegades has brought me an incredible number of remarkable friends, a new positive outlook on just about everything, self confidence (yeah, it’s actually a recent development), and not to mention, irreplaceable incomparable memories.

I love you all

Why don’t you join the Renegades and tell us your story?


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