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Our Fabulous Drum Majors

Cassidy Edwards

What was it like to be drum major this year?

It was so surreal! I never thought I’d be in this position as a junior, so there seemed to be added pressure to perform well, especially since we always had to be on our toes, ready to tackle anything that came our way. It was an overall rewarding experience with a heck of a lot of challenges that definitely taught me a lot about leadership and myself.

Why did you want to become a drum major?

I remember being in elementary school and my older cousin being in the Travis band. My aunt would always talk about how cool the drum majors looked on the field and the thought of leading the band became ingrained in me.

What will you remember most from this year?

I’ll always remember our state performance. I expected myself to be super nervous while we were there, but I wasn’t — I guess because I couldn’t believe I was there!

Who do you admire?

I admire both of my parents for their incredible drive to work hard and succeed, something I lack on many occasions and am working to change about myself.

 

Jessica Chen

What was it like to be drum major this year?

 If you had told me when I was a freshman that I would be a drum major this year, I would have never believed you! Being a drum major for such an incredible ensemble was an absolutely amazing and humbling experience. The position opened up new doors for me, as it taught me the importance of having self-confidence, patience, and integrity—both in a leadership position and in the real world. Although the marching season definitely had its rough points, I could not have asked for a better way to finish my last marching season with the Clements Band. 🙂

Why did you want to become a drum major?

From the moment I stepped on the field as a freshman, I knew that this band would be my home for the next four years. Like any other leader, I wanted to create a community in which younger generations would be able to experience the same life-changing program that I did. No other position would be able to accomplish this desire any better than the drum major position. With such a large role in the band, I could (and am still able to!) channel my love for the Clements Band to help others find their home in this wonderful program.

What will you remember most from this year?

The thing I will remember most from this year was our Area competition. In addition to having two phenomenal runs with the band and ultimately advancing to state, Layla, Cassidy, and I were able to see all of our drum major friends from Pearland and Brazoswood! We last saw them at the GNP Drum Major Academy over the summer, and finally being able to reconnect after such a long season and seeing how far everyone had gone with their bands was truly a humbling experience.

Who do you admire?

I admire my wonderful, kind, fellow drum major and non-biological mother Layla Kutty! She has such a kind soul and being able to lead the band with her this season was such a blessing. From all the laughs to getting roasted together, I will never forget her and the integral role she has played in making my band experience infinitely better. 😀

 

Layla Kutty

What was it like to be drum major this year?

Getting to be a drum major for such an outstanding band program was such a wonderful experience. It opened up a whole new perspective on music. Becoming proficient in the foundations of music come before being awarded the position to direct it, but directing it takes musicality beyond proficiency and into expression. This position gave me an entirely new understanding of music!

Why did you want to become a drum major?

Having everyone on the same page goal-wise makes it so much easier to put on a fantastic performance, but getting everyone motivated can be hard. I wanted to have the chance to make Band a fun experience for everyone, while also being able to unify a group of kids to achieve a common goal and put on an amazing performance.

What will you remember most from this year?

I will remember the experience of getting to conduct the show at state! Our state performance was one of our best because all of our band members gave that performance one hundred percent. Getting to perform in the Alamodome was also such a great experience in itself. I will always remember the state experience!

Who do you admire?

I admire my fellow drum majors most. Not only did we share in the experience of leading the band, but we built strong friendships with one another. No matter how stressful or nerve-racking a performance was, we all pushed through together and were there for each other. I will miss them the most!