The position of the drum major is not one that should be taken lightly. Essentially, the drum major is the student leader of the band. They spearhead the band in parades, conduct them during half time games, and accept awards at marching band competitions. During band camp, the drum major leads marching drills, physical training, if you want to call it that, and is someone all the band members can talk to if they have any questions, comments, or concerns.
The 2010-2011 drum major is Jacob Hardi, senior. Prior to that, Hardi played bari-saxophone for the marching and jazz bands. He led the band this past year in competitions, football games, Back-to-School Night, and Open House. “I’m really excited about where the band is going next year. It will be a bit sad having to leave it all behind though.” Hardi reminisced. “I can’t wait to come back next year and see how the band has progressed.”
On Wednesday, May 18, Mr. John Stava, band director and music teacher, announced the new drum major for the 2011-2012 school year: saxophone player Carlos Rodriguez, junior. “A lot of time and careful consideration went in to choosing the drum major. We had 4 outstanding candidates for the position of drum major, all of whom would have made excellent drum majors. Unfortunately, the drum major is only 1 job, not 4, and a decision had to be made. After long deliberation, I, along with the paid staff of the band, felt Carlos fit the bill for drum major, while the other 3 candidates could focus their musical and leadership skills on the field and behind the scenes.” said Mr. Stava.
Rodriguez, captain of the swim team, is all about open communication and staying in shape. “I was so excited when I found out.” said Rodriguez. “I can’t wait to introduce my ideas to the band and see what works well and what doesn’t. I’m honored to be selected for drum major, especially out of the 4 excellent candidates that applied. They are all such talented musicians and leaders, it really is an honor.”
You can see Rodriguez in action when he leads the marching band in the Ventura County Fair Parade on August 6th.