Plainview ISD Bus Driver Fulfills Drum Corp’s Dream


“I would say that my biggest motivation has been the fact that I come from a family background that some would consider less than ideal, and the desire to do better for myself as an adult despite a more late,” says Segovia. . “…As for overcoming obstacles, a lot of that comes from the friends and family around me who stoked that go-getter attitude to do what I might not have thought possible at first, but I ended up undertaking anyway.”

For those who know Alfred, this “grounded” attitude is an important part of a man who, despite having to live with the unique challenges presented to him following a childhood diagnosis of cerebral palsy , always displays a single character. reservoir of boundless energy and drive, even amidst what on the surface are seen as personal physical limitations. This is reflected in Segovia’s many talents and interests, with the support of his wife, Marina; her father-in-law and United Assembly pastor, Kimmett Bellows; and other family members, friends and supporters frequently expose to those around him.

It will be this go-getter that launched him on a whole new and interesting adventure this summer as one of the bus drivers helping to transport members of the Blue Devils Performing Arts team across the country as part of an organization called Drum Corps International.

The concept of drum and bugle corps is an institution that has its roots in military bands, scout contingents, VFW-sponsored organizations, and even one that has its roots in a police club, according to Segovia. Over the years, the activity’s instrumentation has evolved from basic bugles and marching percussion to the use of heavier brass instruments identical to their concert counterparts (with the exception of the marching mellophone , which is a unique instrument in itself).

Segovia says his personal introduction to the concept of drum corps competition came in 2001 as assistant orchestra director at Palo Duro High School. At first, Segovia was less than enthusiastic about the prospect of playing a mellophone due to a recent change of instruments from trumpet to French horn and was using a real marching French horn that season.

“It was only after I moved to a small town, got used to the mello, and finally spent my college semester at West Texas A&M, and played a walking show based on the 1992 Blue Devils show from Concord, Calif., did I not only finally respect the mellophone as an instrument in its own right, but eventually fell in love with the drum corps as a whole,” Segovia explained. “…While the Blue Devils were my first contact with the drum corps, it was the Phantom Regiment from Rockford, Illinois who really instilled that love with the music they brought to the table. Why I think the activity has the following is that many of these bands represent the best of what the kids in the band want to be, whether as brass players, percussionists, members of the student colors or leaders. “

Alfred’s interest in marching bands and drums is also integral to his interest and passion for music in general – and has even helped him personally cope with the physical challenges cerebral palsy forces him to face. face on a daily basis.

“I actually come from a musically inclined family,” he said. “My grandparents on my mother’s side both played (grandfather on guitar and grandmother on bass), as did my mother, my aunt and most of my uncles. Growing up without my dad, my grandfather was the closest example I pulled from, and to be as much like him as possible, I learned the guitar. As for the brass side, I was inspired by a family friend I met at one of the churches my grandfather led. He played trumpet a few times in church, and that’s when I decided I wanted to learn, so I picked that up and played trumpet in college ( with some euphonium in 7th grade) before finally deciding to take on the challenge of playing French during high school and my semester in college.

How Alfred was offered this unique job opportunity was a real story in itself.

“I think a lot of it comes down to how I tapped into seemingly unrelated professional avenues to support these bands,” he noted. “Those who know my story will know that I worked in automotive marketing and that the company I was with at the time encouraged support for causes that were close to our hearts, mine being local goodwill and my favorite drum corps. Even after quitting the automotive business and becoming a bus driver (of all people), I still managed to find a way to support Phantom in particular.

The recent pandemic may have sidelined the world of drum corps competition for a little while, but Segovia says ironically it has provided people like him with an unprecedented opportunity he wouldn’t have. maybe not had otherwise.

“When COVID hit, the global business came together to at least show each other support to bounce back from a year of not being able to turn,” Segovia said. “It was at this community gathering that I met Blue Devils body director Pat Seidling on social media, who was Phantom’s body director when I first fell in love with the activity. times, and at that time I was well aware of the mark he left on Phantom, and on the drum corps business as a whole through the touring model.

“So when he contacted me on this year’s Bus Driver Appreciation Day, I decided I wasn’t going to ignore him outright. Originally, after expressing to him that i appreciated the thought of a legend like him, i declined the offer, as i had just inherited the role of worship leader in my home church, United Assembly of God, and i didn’t think that scheduling would work.. His response of breaking down the dates I could be used got me to where I actually had something to think about. The next day I spoke to my pastor[andstepfatherKimmett)andIwasbasicallytoldwastheperfectopportunityforadiehardrumcorpsfanlikemetospendtimethatIwouldotherwisebeusingtocollectunemploymentorstruggletomakeitthroughthesummermmett)andwasessentiallytoldthatthiswastheperfectopportunityforadie-harddrumcorpsfanlikemetospendtimeIwouldotherwisehavetousecollectingunemploymentorstrugglingtomakeitthroughthesummerSoIcalledPatandacceptedthejobonthespotandworkedwithmyhomefleet(PlainviewISD/FirstStudent)toarrangemysummerplanstominimizeinterference”[etàmonbeau-pèreKimmett)etonm’aessentiellementditquec’étaitl’occasionidéalepourunfaninconditionneldedrumcorpscommemoidepasserdutempsquejedevraisautrementutiliserpourcollecterlechômageouavoirdumalàpasserl’étéJ’aidoncappeléPatetj’aiacceptéletravailsur-le-champetj’aitravailléavecmaflotted’origine(PlainviewISD/FirstStudent)pourorganisermesplansd’étéafindeminimiserlesinterférences[andfather-in-lawKimmett)andwasessentiallytoldthatthiswastheperfectopportunityforadie-harddrumcorpsfanlikemetospendtimeIwouldotherwisehavetousecollectingunemploymentorstrugglingtomakeitthroughthesummer SoIcalledPatandacceptedthejobonthespotandworkedwithmyhomefleet(PlainviewISD/FirstStudent)toarrangemysummerplanstominimizeinterference”

As for time on the road with the Blue Devils, Segovia said, “I will be driving two different commercial-grade vehicles with the body, as part of a touring fleet of 16 vehicles, primarily a box truck and one. staff sleeper buses. I will begin my stint on the day of their show in Ogden, Utah, and continue with them until just before their show in Allentown, Pennsylvania, which will last just over 3 weeks.

Even if Segovia himself could not completely satisfy his original passion for the brass band as he could have wished. His new summer job will allow him at least to help young people to work to flourish and even to continue to strive for excellence in his current job as a bus driver.

“As for what I hope to accomplish, my sole objective is to maintain the level of safety that comes from nearly four years of transporting the most precious cargo, in transporting the elements of this corps for which I am held responsible” , he said. “I hope that in the same way that I take my school bus heart to the various vehicles that I ride in the world of drum corps, I will bring the consciousness that I gain from driving these other vehicles home. into this next school year and beyond, and I hope people can tell that I’m a more careful driver who develops deep relationships with the groups I transport day in and day out.

For those wondering whether or not it’s worth dusting off some of your old dreams and pulling them off the shelf, Segovia offers this personal advice: , but thanks to what I could only attribute to an intervention divine well-designed and much family encouragement, I have made my bus riding experience my favorite activity with one of the activity’s best-known drum and bugle corps, and I hope that ‘he would serve as a catalyst to be the best driver I could be…Excel in what you are doing right now. You may not see how it connects to your dreams now, but stay connected and people will see something in you worth tapping into to achieve your dream.


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