Drum Major Problems

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
So I have the option to audition for drum major. I went to a clinic today to learn everything, and now I'm thinking that I might not want to do it. Help
drummajorproblems drummajorproblems Said:

If you think you might not want to do it… then don’t. 

Being a drum major is something that you need to be 100% invested in, otherwise it will be miserable for you and your ensemble.

So I’m serious. If you think you don’t want to do it, then don’t

I was announced a member of student leadership today at my collegiate marching band! I thought you guys ought to know!!! :D

Ok…….So DM auditions are coming up and I’m a freshman. I was just wondering if I do get DM how would I read the score, which I play piano so reading all the parts won’t be a problem, but which part should I focus on to conduct with.

Hey there, friend. 
So, something I’ve learned through my endeavors as a music Ed Major is that every part of the score is important. That being said, there’s a great deal of score study involved to decide what’s most important. My best general advice is to look for important pieces of the melody, and countermelodies/accompaniment that we haven’t heard before. Also cues for percussion (especially front ensemble) and parts that go several measures without playing. 

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hi!Okay so Im a sophomore and I want to try out for drum major for my junior year.. and well honestly, Im really scared.. Hopefully, I'll get over it.. anyways. I was just wondering if you could like give me any tips on where I could look so I can learn how to conduct all the different times signatures. I also know that you have to conduct a song for the audition, and I was wondering if you could also tell me where I could look for all those cool looking things drum majors do? Idk if you
drummajorproblems drummajorproblems Said:

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
A tip for DMs and future DMs: The best piece of advice that my band director gave me while preparing for auditions last year was this: you have to be okay with not making it. If you are not okay with not making it, you need to reevaluate why you're trying out in the first place. It was a tough thing to think about, but I knew that if I didn't make it, the audition process had made me a better musician and a better leader, and I would still be able to be in marching band. I did make it though!!
drummajorproblems drummajorproblems Said:

This is so important!!!

Asker james-catsby Asks:
Hi there! So I was named my band's drum major a few weeks ago.. and I'm really nervous for our mini camp in June! Our last drum major was DM for 3 years so she was pretty experienced. She was awful with authority and no one respected her, though. As of right now my band respects me and my musical accomplishments (luckily) and I don't want to loose that because I wasn't prepared for certain things.. Any tips? (I also don't want to disappoint my band director D:)
drummajorproblems drummajorproblems Said:

Well, the best thing I can say is to continue to accomplish great things as a musician, Solo and ensemble, getting out there and gigging on your own, starting small ensembles are good ways to get things going, and will do nothing but help you improve. But most of all, just don’t stress out too much over it. Your director isn’t going to be disappointed if you make a few mistakes because that person should realize that you are new to the drum majoring experience. Ask your director to help you learn instead of trying to do everything all at once all on your own. He should help you out.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Ok so, I'm going into my senior year and my director has already asked, no, begged for me to be drum major again. I agreed and it made one of my friends really angry. She took music theory this year along with private lessons and thinks she's more qualified and a better candidate. But the directors have already told her no she's not "leadership material". How do I handle this?
drummajorproblems drummajorproblems Said:

Well, as much as you might not want to hear this, I would encourage her to audition anyway. And tell her that she might just prove the directors wrong in the process. If you’re confident enough in your leadership abilities, your musicianship and your ability to conduct, then it shouldn’t be a problem for you… But by her auditioning, it takes the strain off of you to feel like you did something wrong, when you really didn’t. And I stand by what I said a few posts ago, if your friendship is good enough, then one person or the other getting drum major wont ruin it.

Recently, our band director announced that we would be having drum major auditions after spring break and I had been talking with our head drum major who is graduating in a few months and she said that this is the perfect opportunity for me. But, I have to conduct a piece called “The Pretender” by Foo Fighters… This piece was part of our show last year and I’m scared that if I conduct it too much like out drum majors actually did when we performed the piece, my director won’t pick me for not being original enough, but yet I don’t want to just go off and do my own thing with the piece. What should I do? There is only one other person auditioning for drum major and he will be a junior next year, while I will only be a sophomore. And I feel that I am at a partial disadvantage because I was in “Pit” as a freshman and the other guy marched tuba for 2 years… HELP!!!!

My best advice is to find a happy medium. add the cool things that your drum majors did, but still find some cool individual things that you can do to add your own personal touch. 

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hi, I have a very strange issue that I'm going to be faced with during auditions, and I was wondering if I could have your advice. As it goes, auditions are coming up near the end of the school year, and I found out who our band director favors in the upcoming picks for DM. We have three DM's and the picks were: My Ex, myself, and a mutual friend of both of us. It's not that I'm going to be DM, but those we're the favored picks. What do I do if my ex and I are chosen to be DM's?
drummajorproblems drummajorproblems Said:

You gotta do the best you can. Based on the fact that you’re worried about that, it must not have ended well.

You need to be able to either talk to your ex and get each other on a professional relationship basis, or you need to put on a facade for the rest of the ensemble. My Junior year of high school, the other two drum majors and I spent a vast majority of our time together arguing and fighting over the stupidest things. But it was all behind closed doors. Literally. And in front of the ensemble we acted like everything was fine… we even acted like best friends. 

You just need to be able to find a way to co-exist at least when you’re in the eye of the rest of the ensemble. 

Asker Anonymous Asks:
I have been wanting to try out for dum major for a while now and recently I found out that my best friend does too. I'm still going to try out, but I don't want to ruin our friendship if one of us gets it and the other doesn't. (There's only one open position) Any advice?
drummajorproblems drummajorproblems Said:

Don’t let it ruin your friendship. The thing I’ve learned through my process of auditioning for leadership and rushing for leadership fraternities at the collegiate level is that you can’t let something so small ruin a friendship… and if it does, it probably wasn’t a very good or very stable relationship anyway.