Life of a Drum Major

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Life of a Drum Major

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Being a student leader among approximately 140 different people of different age is not an easy feat to accomplish inexperienced. The title of being a drum major signifies leadership and high proficiency within the band. The principle foundation of guiding others towards their own success while maintaining personal success is what being drum major is about. After years of consistency with prior drum majors, a feeling of anxiety and nervousness developed coming into a new year with a diverse group of students to be leading. The band up to this point has created and maintained a well known reputation within the school and the community. Being a new drum major, the pressure was high to ensure the success and reputation would remain throughout the fall season of school. Each grade level within the program showed how even those who have many differences in life, can all work toward the same goal as long as the work is done properly: together. One primary job as drum major is to find different ways to ensure everyone has a positive attitude about the task at hand that needs to be accomplished. That being said, inside of finding ways to motivate others it’s then required that personal relationships with every single person is developed one way or another. Director of bands ( Matthew Beresik ) along with other staff ( Lee Lynn ) & ( Kristen Ferrante ) come together year after year to provide guidance to the drum majors, and work with them to thoroughly understand numerous topics within the program including: motivating the band, making progress each week, pushing the band to their musical limits, and many more. Whether it’s directly recognized or not, the responsibility that falls onto the drum majors to make the band successful is a very big task, and should never for a second be taken lightly. The most successful drum majors are the ones who personally connect with the band the best, and find the best ways to bring out the talent the group has.

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