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Auditions for Drum Major Assistant
Assistant Drum Major Audition Information
Clinics will be announced in class, the auditions are held on the last day of school each year. For more information, contact Mr. Busch at 822-6828 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Drum Major Roles and Responsibilities
The purpose of the Assistant Drum Major is to assist the Lead Drum Major in the musical direction of the Pulaski Red Raider Marching Band. As an assistant field leader, this position is to follow the lead and direction of the Lead Drum Major, as the assistant conductor in rehearsals, performances, and exhibitions.
The Assistant Drum Major will assist the staff of the Pulaski Red Raider Marching Band in the operation of the band and to ensure that morale, spirit and tradition is kept for all students.
The Assistant Drum Major should be considered as a trainee, during this period, the Assistant Drum Major is learning from the Band Director and Lead Drum Major how to conduct and perform the duties of the Lead Drum Major.
Definition of Office
It is the responsibility of the Assistant Drum Major to aid the role of the Lead Drum Major. In the event the Drum Major is not in attendance the Assistant Drum Major will be the acting Lead Drum Major for that event.
Qualifications for Assistance Drum Major
The position of Assistant Drum Major is an appointed and earned position. The director of the Pulaski Red Raider Marching Band has the final decision on who will be the Assistant Drum Major and whether or not the Assistant Drum Major is capable of continuing as Lead Drum Major for the following year. The post of Assistant Drum Major may only be appointed to a student who has completed at least one year of the Band Program.
Questionnaire/Letter of Intent
- Three Letters of Recommendation from PHS Faculty
- Band Participation
- Leadership Qualities
- Performance during try-outs
Term of Office
The Assistant Drum Major assumes his/her duties after the Pulaski Polka Days Parade of the year they auditioned (traditionally, the third week in July) and remain Assistant Drum Major until the Lead Drum Major graduates. Once the Lead Drum Major graduates, the Assistant Drum Major assumes the Lead Drum Major position after the completion of the Pulaski Polka Days Parade of that given year.
It is the task of the Assistant Drum Major to practice and rehearse all selected music to be performed for the Pulaski Red Raider Marching Band season. Scores and musical selections will be provided for the assistant drum major to rehearse conducting patterns and become familiar with standard tunes.
The Assistant Drum Major should make an effort to meet all members of the Pulaski Red Raider Marching Band during the band camp week.
The Assistant Drum Major shall make him or herself available to the Band Director and Lead Drum Major to learn how to answer questions and concerns.
It is expected that the Assistant Drum Major will attend and assist the Director, Lead Drum Major, and Section Leaders in the planning of required meetings.
As a field leader, the Assistant Drum Major must be knowledgeable (conducting methods) of all music that the band is performing and must affix their sight unto the Lead Drum Major during rehearsals and performances to ensure a consistent beat pattern and tempi.
As one of the “most visible” band members, it is imperative that the assistant drum major exercises good judgment in his or her actions both on and off the field. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary actions and possible dismissal from the post.
Leadership Skills ~ Strong student leadership is necessary for a successful band.
Excerpt from "The Dynamic Marching Band," by Wayne Markworth
Young band members often ask, "How can I become a leader or drum major?" The answer is that "Auditions began the minute you walked in the door." The most important quality of a leader is being a strong and dedicated
member. A great member has a positive/winning attitude, is self-disciplined, friendly, helpful, and always strives to "Be Your Best, Show Respect, Be Prepared and Be on Time."
What are the qualities of a leader?
- CONFIDENCE: to lead others
- ENTHUSIAMS & ENERGY: -to go above and beyond the call of duty
- PERSISTANCE: to finish the job you start
- PATIENCE: there is no standard time for how long learning takes
- FRIENDLINESS: to everyone
- HONESTY: to tell the truth
- SELF-MOTIVATED: don't wait to be asked to do something
- DEDICATION: to the band program and all the members
- SELF-DISCIPLINED: you naturally do what you are supposed to do
- HUMILITY: to have all these strong traits and remain humble
Strive for excellence in all you do. More times than not, a leader is not found leading, but simply being a strong member, marching and playing.