This is one of those few times when I’m really a fan of having head drum majors, because everyone knows that center podium is the Tempo King. If you don’t have a head drum major, then I suggest talking it out with your co-drum major(s) and have each of you pick a song where you’re in charge of tempo
And then, whoever the Tempo King is, has to follow center snare, because center snare is Tempo Lord.
I think that, my advice still stands with dating within the “section” so to speak. As long as you can maintain a professional relationship when you’re on the field, I don’t see any real problem with dating another drum major. I dated one of my co drum majors. But the important thing to remember is that you have a job to do, and keeping your relationship professional on the field and when you’re leading will save you a lot of trouble in the long run. And the same goes for if you date and break up. You can’t have this awkward tension between the two of you because it comes across as dysfunctional. So the key phrase here is "maintaining a professional relationship"
If you can do that while you’re on the field, you’re golden to do whatever you want.
I have wanted to be a drum major for a while now, I’ve been practicing a lot and think I could make the cut. However, I play the saxophone and I equally love my section, maybe even more than my love of becoming a drum major, but I also hate the woodwind music teacher for MB. I have had started having a crisis of conscious on which I should do. DM or stay with my section?
That’s really a question only you can answer.
You know, I spend a lot of time thinking about the answer to this question because I get asked it at least once or twice a semester. And it really is a difficult question to answer. Leadership is intangible and therefore harder to define. And the answer that I have come up with is that there is no right answer.
Now like, if you want a dictionary definition, google defines it as “The action of leading a group of people or an organization” which is a kind of crappy definition for a couple of reasons: One, because you’re using the word in the definition, and two because it’s very… textbook.
Being a leader is like… the furthest thing from textbook you can get. Because there are hundreds of thousands of ways you can lead. There are hundreds of thousands of THINGS you CAN lead. So of COURSE being a leader is going to mean something different to every body. But the things I have noticed about leaders across the board is that leaders are passionate. They are dedicated. They are well versed in their craft. They strive for the highest, and and are never happy with what they’ve done because they’re always setting that standard that they are striving for higher. They are respectful of the people they lead. And they remember that a leader is nothing without their followers. They are idealistic and open minded.
And above all other things, leaders come from followers. In my opinion, no one is born a leader. A leader is created when a follower has so much passionate and dedication for something that they decide they want to serve through leadership to make a difference.
That’s essentially what you do. There are likely more than 1 drum majors, which means that you will not be center podium for whatever piece your soloing for. Its not uncommon to see that happen in a marching band. It happened twice while I was in high school.
Center snare is your go to person. Become friends, get to know your center snare really well. and watch his feet on the field. If you and your battery are in sync, your ensemble will have no choice but to be with you because they’re getting the same tempo signals from you and from their drum line.
Okay so there’s a couple things here. Instead of thinking about it as a “cut off” (which is incorrect terminology anyway), think of it as a release. (which is the correct terminology) You’re releasing the sound. In conducting classes that I’ve taken, and a few of the clinics I’ve been to, They always tell us to not close the hands because that sends a signal of strangling the sound, almost. My best advice is to look on youtube for some directors and see how they release concert ensembles and try to pull some ideas from there.
Do exactly as you said. Go up and talk to them. If it makes you feel uncomfortable, have your director get involved, but I strongly recommend that you try to handle this by yourself. if you get your director involved, you could also become the brunt of some unnecessary comments. however, if the issue continues to presist, I would defiontly get your director involved.
Message in a Bottle by The Police is a song around 180bpm. and so is Livin La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin.
Thriller is 120 bpm
And 96 bpm is like Hey, Soul Sister by Train.
Those are the songs that I keep in mind when I’m trying to remember tempo.