In high school, we didn’t have hats. In college, our drum majors (and I am not one right now) wear this really awesome like… Black Knight kind of thing (Heh heh, get it, because we’re the Knights?) with a cape and a hood. and the hood has this like.. thing to cover their faces. They’ve gotta be dying in those things, lemme tell ya. anyway, they start pregame wearing the hoods, but when they go to conduct they take the hoods and the masks off. I’ve never known a school that made their DMs conduct with hats or shakos on, because that would be a hassle. It’s harder to see that way. so yeah, I would defintely run that by your director.
Rule number 1: Accept that there will always be haters. There will always be someone out there who is going to watch very carefully so that when you fail, they can scream “I told you so” at the top of their lungs.
Rule number 2: be the better person. Don’t pay mind and don’t let anything hold you back. You will make mistakes because you are human, and that’s nothing to be ashamed about. The thing I’ve learned about that, though, is that you can learn from your mistake, and make sure that you’re the first person to point it out. Taking ownership is the first step to proving that you are taking responsibility and that you know what you’re going to do to fix it. And that way, if you point it out first, no one will be able to exploit it.
Um. Well Im almost embarrassed to say that when I was a drum major everything was taken care of for me. We had a really supportive and helpful booster board and so things like that were never part of my job. However, I know that we had a bin full of things like that, and a tub full of extra flip folders with music in case someone forgot those (for like a game)
I’ve never been to UMass, but I did go to a drum major camp and the best thing I can tell you is that you just need to follow the rules and you should be fine. Drum Major camps are leadership camps, and they definitely test your ability to lead, but also your ability to be a follower. So my suggestion is that you just make sure you follow the rules and make friends and you should have nothing to worry about. don’t be scared, because there’s literally nothing ot be scared about.
Well, in all honesty, I would go to my brother’s wedding. I would beg and plead with my director to let me off for that one game. Marching band is a temporary thing, but your brother is going to be your brother for life, and you’ll be disappointed in yourself, and he’ll be disappointed in you if you miss his big day.
Some months ago I informed you guys that I was announced leadership in my Marching band, but in a separate post, I told you guys that my grandbig got drum major for my marching band!
Well that post didn’t actually post and has been sitting in the drafts for all this time and now he feels like I forgot him.
So here’s a big Congratulations to one of my best friends/my grandbig for being named Drum Major for the MKs!!! <3
Hey so, in case you were curious, my Big Sister is one of the drum majors for the Blue Devils, and I’m really proud of her. :)
Tell your director about it, and make sure that he makes it very clear that your words are his words, and you need to be respected and listened to.