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August 26, 2011

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Mackenzie Lane performs with the Cadets during the 2011 DCI World Championships.

While some consider the summer to be a period of vacation, rest and relaxation, many students at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) take part in ministry opportunities or hone their skills. Such is the case with Mackenzie Lane, a BCF junior majoring in instrumental music education who spent the summer with the Cadets from Allentown, PA, a group that competed in and won the Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championship.

Lane, who played baritone for the group, started the process in November 2010, spending a weekend every month auditioning to perform with the Cadets. After being selected, Lane joined the group on May 14 in Allentown. During the first couple of weeks, the Cadets had 12 hour practice days. Eventually they switched to a 6 hour a day practice schedule followed by performances. The Cadets traveled to California, Washington, Texas, and back to Pennsylvania, practicing and performing concerts all along the way.

While working towards the Drum Corps International World Championship held in Indianapolis, Lane saw the experience as a tremendous ministry opportunity. "Drum corps isn't an activity where there are a lot of Christians," stated Lane. "It's mostly dominated by kids who have family issues, and basically have it rough. My experience at BCF made it easy to talk to them and build relationships. At one point, one of my friends got a call that one of his friends passed away, and I got to talk with him and pray for him. It was overall a powerful witnessing experience."

At the end of the summer, the hard work paid off as the Cadets, one of 23 world class groups, took the championship. Lane, now with a DCI championship to add to his resume, returned to BCF with the excitement of the experiences and ministry opportunities along the way, ready to finish his degree.

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BCF junior Mackenzie Lane plays the euphonium with the College Winds during a concert in the R.G. Lee Chapel.