Throughout the year, we'll be profiling members of the Spirit Squad and Marching Band. Here is our installment with Drum Major Robert Mattix.
Q: Why be a Drum Major?
A: I did this position in high school. It's considered the highest student leadership position in band, which I think is kind of what drew me to it. When I got here I just knew I wanted to continue what I'd already done and was honestly just really excited to be in the ASU Marching Band.
Q: Why Marching Band in general?
A: My mom originally made me do it after she bought me a saxophone and I ended up loving it! I most enjoy the family aspect of it...I wasn't expecting to get that out of it. Even in a group of 400 people you end up getting close with so many of them which I didn't think was even possible.
Q: What's your favorite part of Game Day?
A: I love the game itself! I'm such a big football fan. Aside from graduating I can't wait to come back as an alumni because I already have season tickets and I'm freakin' pumped. I've never actually gone to a game as a fan and I seriously can't wait!
Q: Who's your favorite ASU football player?
A: Will Sutton. I feel like he's probably the one that plays around with the band the most. Whenever we see him he is as excited to see us as we are to see him. It's so great to have football players that hang out with us and support us and that's something that's totally new with Coach Graham being here. It's nice for us because we're the biggest supporters of the football program--we stay the longest at every game and always have their back.
Q: What's the most-played on your iPod?
A: Katy Perry. I love her new single.
Q: Who's your celebrity crush?
A: Uh...Katy Perry.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a kid?
A: President. I wanted all the cool stuff in the White House!