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By Degrees - Naomi Nauta

Questions for Naomi Nauta, a percussionist with the SDSU Marching Aztecs
Naomi Nauta
Naomi Nauta


Hometown: San Clemente, California

Have you always been a drummer?
I joined my high school marching band as a clarinet player. At the time, my cousin played drums and I got interested. I did three years of drumline in high school, and by senior year, I was captain.

Is training for marching band like training for a sport?
I do ballet movements and other exercises designed to strengthen core muscles and improve posture. I also play competitively with a junior drum and bugle corps called Mystikal. We meet monthly for practice and travel to competitions during the summer..

Describe a typical game day.
Every game is different, but usually I wake up between 9 and 10 a.m. The drumline has to be at the stadium an hour before the band to warm up properly and put the drum stands in the seats. Warming up with the drumline is one of the best parts of the day. Our section has raised itself to a level of excellence that makes me proud; it’s a great feeling when we can show everyone what we've been working so hard at! Afterwards, most of us go to Giovanni's, a pizza place on Clairmont Mesa Blvd. that stays open just for the band.

Who on campus has influenced you?
Well, I’m a sophomore now, so I’ve only been here a year. But in that time, Bryan Ransom, the (marching band) coach, has influenced me musically. The goal of the band is to get the audience excited and involved. Coach’s song choices do that. Some of my favorites are Black Dog and Kashmir by Led Zeppelin and Heartbreaker by Pat Benatar.

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