All students are to be commended who applied for the position of drum major. The band staff strongly believes that quality leadership is key to a successful band program. While not everyone can be selected as drum major, remember that one of the goals of the application is personal reflection and growth. Each student should take the time to do this in the upcoming days and weeks.

Based upon applications, interviews, and conducting auditions, the following students have been selected as Drum Majors for the 2022-2023 Trojan Pride.

Matthew Beyer, Sophie Hopkins, Rachel Oakes, Hannah Regier

A meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25th, 4:15-4:45pm in the High School Band Room.

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The following students have been passed on to the conducting portion for Drum Major auditions.
Matthew Beyer, Sophie Hopkins, Rachel Oakes, Hannah Regier, and Rowan Rich

The conducting audition is set for Wednesday, May 23rd during first hour.

Results for both drum majors and student leaders will be posted by Wednesday, May 25th.

All students selected to the leadership team will have a meeting from 4:15-4:45 on Wednesday, May 25th in the main band room.

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Applications are now being accepted for Trojan Pride Drum Major. Auditions are open to band members who are going to be a junior or senior for the 2022-2023 school year, has served as a student leader, or has demonstrated significant potential as a leader.

Expectations:

  1. Representative of the Trojan Pride.
  2. Accomplished Musician
  3. Conduct Musically (i.e. – tempo, style, dynamics, phrasing, emotion).
  4. Lead Peers in a Positive Manner. Involves areas such as trust, respect, and humility.
  5. Must apply and desire to serve as student leader if not selected as a drum major (expectations listed below in italics).
  6. Student leadership is a volunteer service position. By applying, students are indicating that they want to serve and help meet the needs of the band beyond marching and playing. A strong desire for the band to improve and succeed is essential. The core concept is that the experience of service benefits both the individual and the band.
  7. Student leaders are to lead by example – that is to model ideal behavior, performance, peer relations, and attitude throughout the season both in and out of rehearsal.
  8. Student leaders have no disiplinary authority beyond that of any other students.
  9. Student leaders can be relieved of their duties if they fail in these regards.

Process:

  • Submission of application. Applications are due by Tuesday, April 26th. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted or considered. Application includes:
    • Resume that highlights leadership roles and experiences.
    • A one-page essay listing greatest personal strengths and areas in which the organization could improve (and how you would improve them).
    • A written record (questions and answers) of two formal interviews with reputable band alumni, school faculty, a reputable adult in leadership position, or school administrator. Interviews should include their views on leadership, what you learned from the interview, and how their view is different than yours.
    • Completion of a service project. The scope and duration of the project are at your discretion. (See additional information below). You may choose something that you think needs to be done or you may ask a director for suggestions, but the preference is for students to recognize a need and act upon it. If you have questions about the validity of your project, see Mr. Hillock prior to starting it. Service projects are not limited to the High School Campus. Include an explanation and documentation of your project with this application.
  • Formal interview with staff. Submission of application does not guarantee an interview. Staff will review all applications and select students for interviews. Interviews are tentatively scheduled to begin Wednesday, May 4th.
  • Conducting audition with band. Scores are available from Mr. Hillock in the office. A recording of the song is available below. Conducting auditions are tentatively set for Monday, May 23rd and will take place during 1st hour. 
  • Drum Majors will be announced by Wednesday, May 25th.

Service Project Additional Information

Many projects that have been done over the years. The expectation is for the project to be completed by the date that the application is due. Extensions for projects to be completed in the summer has been granted in the past, but exceptions will only be made if the student can make a strong case why the project cannot be completed by the application deadline. All extensions must be approved by Mr. Hillock. If an extension is granted, students will still be expected to complete the project regardless of whether they are selected to the student leadership team or not.

Projects that have been approved in the past and are acceptable for this year:   

  • tighten music stands (2 or 3 people)
  • work with uniforms (up to 6 people)
  • cleaning and arranging of percussion room (1 or 2 people)
  • cleaning and arranging of guard room (1 or 2 people)
  • stencil music stands (up to 6 people)
  • organization of flip folders (up to 6 people)
  • clean out instrument lockers (up to 6 people, approval required)
  • clean out semi trailer (up to 6 people, approval required)

Projects that have done in the past and are not acceptable:

  • marching fundamental clinics for 8th grade students
  • marching fundamental videos for 8th grade students
  • sharpening and putting pencils on stands for students

Suggestion for projects from directors this year:

  • digitize solo & ensemble library (1 or 2 people)
  • collect, organize, and store middle school concert attire (up to 4 people)
  • clean out storage/practice room at the MS bandroom (up to 6 people)

Quail Hollow Overture mp3
Drum Major Application

To go to Student Leader Page, click HERE

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