Congratulations on reaching the final performance of such a different marching season. It takes true leadership for a band to be able to function at such a high level under any circumstances, but even more so during weird times like these. The other day, I was blown away by the performance, and I think that's a reflection of how strong your leadership abilities are.
Avery- The first thing I said to my mom after the first run of the show over the weekend was, "Avery looks SOLID". There were a few times in the first run that my *drum major spidey-senses* tingled when it felt like the ensemble was about to have a timing blip (you know the feeling where nothing's wrong but you just KNOW what's about to happen if you don't do something), and I'd look to you to see if you noticed, and you were always in control, doing the exact right thing. I'm so proud of how you've grown as a leader and as a conductor, and I can't wait to watch the show tomorrow. Congratulations on reaching the last show of your high school marching career!
Wyatt- Three years ago, you were that freshman section leader in JV who would ask me deep leadership questions over Snapchat. I knew from then that you were going to go on to become a prominent leader in the band, and it's been a pleasure watching that prediction come true. It's so exciting to see you as a drum major now because I think of you back then and how eager you were to be a good leader. Your work ethic and desire to serve has always been there, and your leadership skills and confidence has only grown. I hope being a drum major has been everything you wanted it to be, and more. Also, side note- whenever this pandemic ends, we're going on another donut run...
Wes- The very first time I met you in JV band, I thought, "this kid's going places". I had thought you were the only bass clarinetist in there who was truly a bass clarinetist, but it turned out you were a bassoon player who just had a really good work ethic. I thought I wouldn't have an opinion on the drum major selections for this year since I don't really know that many people in your class and below, but I was so excited when I heard you were selected as a drum major because I knew you were a natural leader who would truly shine in the position. The first year as a drum major is the hardest, and you had to do it in the middle of a pandemic so that just shows how strong of a leader you are. Have a great performance tomorrow! I can't wait to watch you on the podium again next year.
Nicole- It takes a lot of effort to be able to learn a whole show. I remember many sleepless nights studying battery scores and counting out loud to click tracks. I would usually spend all summer working on a single movement, and getting the whole show ingrained in my brain took the majority of the season. The fact that you learned everything in such a short period of time AND in the middle of a pandemic is a true testament to your work ethic and relentlessness. I remember when my brother was telling me about it, I didn't believe him. I didn't think it was possible, and then I came to the show and saw you in action, so now I know it's true! Congratulations on such a valiant effort and have a wonderful show tomorrow!
This drum major team is truly something special. I am so proud of what you all have accomplished, and I can't wait to watch the final performance tomorrow. Love you guys!