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YEA! Person of the Week: Courtney Beard

Cheerios and Opera for this USSBA associate director!

Who is that fella that handles your drum corps show ticket order?
What is the background of that brass tech for The Cadets?
Who are those kids dancing in the 6th Street gallery?
What does that USSBA tabulator do in her ‘real’ life? 

There are many people that make up Youth Education in the Arts, The US Scholastic Band Association, the Urban Arts Center and The Cadets. Through our feature, Person of the Week, we introduce to you the individuals behind the scenes. Their diversity and talent will amaze you!

Name: Courtney J Beard Courtney Beard.bmp
Age: 25
Residence: Allentown, Pa. 
Occupation:  USSBA Associate Director, YEA! Volunteer Coordinator

What did you do in Drum Corps, if at all? 
Spectate J

What did you do in marching band? 
I played tuba and when I was in college I performed but I also managed the support staff and took care of much of the organization’s logistics.

Who's your favorite music person, living or dead, real or fictional? 
Louie Armstrong.  His music introduced me to Jazz; which I love and his life story of how he got to be “Pops” is really impressive.

What's the best meal you've eaten? What was it and where? 
Mom’s home cooking!  Roasted chicken or turkey or broiled steak with all the sides; there is nothing better!

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?  
I spend my time putting together the pieces so young band-o’s can have awesome experiences.

What was your first job?  
Aubuchon Hardware.  I worked there from when I was 14 to after I went to college.  It’s a small store where everyone did everything from paint to fertilizer.  I can assemble a gas grill in 11 minutes flat!

What's the last thing you saw in the movies? 
TrueGrit.  Good movie!

Do you give money to panhandlers?  
Once. The guy had a sign that made me laugh so I gave him some cash.  I will give them food if I happen to have some on me or if they are near a convenience store.

What’s your drink at Starbucks? 
I don’t drink coffee but I’ll ask them to make a ‘spotted cow’; steamed milk with a shot of caramel. 

What's your drink at the local bar?  
Malibu Bay Breeze; it taste like summer!

How often do you prepare your own meals?  
I used to frequently…now my roommate does most of the cooking.   I’ll pitch in every now and again.

What's your favorite cereal? 
Cheerios.  Can’t beat a classic.

What's hanging above your sofa?  
One of my Aunt’s paintings; it’s the bow of a sailboat.

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?  
$50, not that I haven’t emptied my pockets on more than one occasion.

When's bedtime?  
Depends on if it’s band season or not.  Most of the time it’s midnight.

Have you been to NYC? Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square? 
I never knew the old Times Square so if I have to choose I guess I’d have to say the new one.  To be honest downtown NYC makes me feel a bit claustrophobic; I prefer the neighborhoods and areas along the water.

How about Broadway? What have you loved? 
The last thing I saw on Broadway was BLAST!  Which I loved!  I actually have spent more time going to the Opera than Broadway.  The Met has live English translations so you can really understand the performances and it can be a lot of fun.  Rigoletto is actually really funny!

What do you think of American Idol?  
It makes me wonder about all the people who have amazing talent but lead normal lives because they never went on the show. 

Do you prefer fiction or nonfiction? What was the last book you read? 
Fiction or non-fiction doesn’t matter as long as it’s a good story!  Right now I’m reading The Given Day by Dennis Lehane but the last book I finished was The Checklist Manifesto; buy Atul Gawande – it was really interesting.

Who is your mortal enemy?  
Scott Greenberg.  He knows why.

When's the last vacation you took? Where did you go?  
January.  I headed to the Amherst, MA area to visit some people and check out some of my favorite eateries!

Do you Facebook? What do you like about it? 
Yes.  I like seeing the pictures people put up and the funny quips people use as their status updates.

Do you Twitter?  
No…I’m a little bit of an old fogey on that one…I still don’t ‘get it’.

Where do you go to be alone?
My bike or my car.

And finally … 
If you could meet one person, dead or living, who would it be and why?

Eleanor Roosevelt.  She dealt with a lot of things in her life and did it with incredible class.  I’d love to hear the stories and perspectives she has.  Plus; she once served the King of England hotdogs at a State Dinner!  I imagine I’d enjoy her sense of humor.

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