Marching Monday: 2015 Matrix

In 2015, I went to WGI World Class Percussion Finals for the first time. One of the greatest show moments I’ve witnessed in my marching arts life occurred that night when two of the bass drummers got engaged during the show. That’s correct, the guy dropped to one knee and pulled out a ring, which the girl happily accepted, during the final minutes of the show.

Needless to say, the arena went nuts, especially after it was clear that she said yes.

What’s amazing is that Zac, Matrix director Rob Ferguson, and the entire Matrix staff and membership kept this proposal secret from Alyssa, who literally doesn’t see it coming until the ring comes out.

I’ve never met either person, but I’m willing to bet I’d like them as soon as I did. Also, imagine the bass drum chops their kids are going to have.

You can read all about Zac and Alyssa and the backstory of the Mine proposal on the WGI website. It’s an excellent story for Valentine’s Day.

Zac and Alyssa Sterling, on the floor during the 2015 WGI Finals performance of Matrix, as Zac proposes to Alyssa.

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