Drum Line Tradition Lives On

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Drum Line Tradition Lives On

Drum line competes in their first competition on October 3rd, 2015.(Brayden Ratcliff / The Talon News)

Drum line competes in their first competition on October 3rd, 2015.(Brayden Ratcliff / The Talon News)

Drum line competes in their first competition on October 3rd, 2015.(Brayden Ratcliff / The Talon News)

Drum line competes in their first competition on October 3rd, 2015.(Brayden Ratcliff / The Talon News)

Faith Stapleton, Reporter

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After practicing almost everyday since the beginning of August, the drum line went to compete in their first competition in Plano, Texas, on Sept. 26.

“We rehearsed quite a bit so that we were all comfortable with the music on the day of the competition,” freshman Chloe Livingston said.

Along with practice with the full band, the drum line had sectionals every week to help prepare for their competition.

“The sectionals do a lot so we can bring all of percussion together,” Percussion Director Michael Lemish said, “and work on the unity of the entire group.”

With all the hard work put into this competition, it was no surprise that the Eagles’ drum line was awarded best quads and bass drum. They also placed 3rd overall in division II A of the Plano Drum Line Competition.  

“It was really nice to go perform for people who appreciate [the drum line],” Senior Claire Despain said, “It was a great experience.”

Even though the drum line was field to perform for only eight minutes, they were there from early morning to after the performance when loaded up all their equipment. This leaves the players with plenty of time to practice, bond, and watch other drum line performances.

 

Although it may be exciting, percussionists still get anxious and nervous before heading onto the field to perform.  

“I was nervous and excited at the same time!” Livingston said.

Despite the nerves before hand, the drum line has a great show. Not only because of the talented kids, but also because of the wonderful director who puts hard work into the preparations every day.

“Hopefully [the drum line] will remember everything like I have,” Mr.Lemish said, “so it will mean the same to them because it’s been a big deal to me.”

 

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