ON A HIGH NOTE: KHS drum majors stand out as leaders

KHS drum majors Hannah Polk, Harley Smith, and Eva Rivera.

KHS drum majors Hannah Polk, Harley Smith, and Eva Rivera.

AUSTIN FREEMAN, Staff writer

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On a Friday night, the band waits eagerly on the field for the signal to begin. The drum majors stand ready at their podium, and with a simple arm movement the show begins. During the show, the drum majors have the pressure of the band and directors depending on them to keep everything running smoothly. Even off the field the drum majors cannot rest, they must control the band in the stands until the game is over.

Many people may not understand the role of a marching band’s drum majors, but quite simply, they are the leaders of a band.

KHS’s drum majors are Hannah Polk, Harley Smith, and Eva Rivera. The three girls work hard to guide the band through every football game and contest.

Drum majors are important to any marching band. They keep the band together by conducting the tempo, or speed of the different parts of the show. Without drum majors the band would most likely tear, causing a distortion in the sound.

“My favorite part of being a drum major is building and creating friendships with freshmen, and seeing the band and show grow together as one.” Rivera says

Drum majors play a big role off the field too. They must act as a role model and serve the band as much as they can.

For someone that is trying to become a drum major, they will spend some time learning how to conduct, then conduct for a director as a tryout. Lastly, they get interviewed by a director.

For drum majors, doing their job correctly is critical to their band’s success. During a performance drum majors must keep their mind from wandering, and think ahead as to not miss a beat, and maintain a constant tempo.

“My favorite part of being a drum major is the conducting, I like expressing how music is intended to be,” Smith says

Being a drum major teaches students to be selfless, builds friendships, and teaches students to be better leaders, according to KHS drum majors.

Polk adds: “My favorite part of being a drum major is getting to represent our band on the field during awards and receiving trophies and plaques after our salute.”

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