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.
This is so important!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.