In June of this year Avi, Shiva and Katie travelled to the Music for All Summer Symposium at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where they participated in the Drum Major Institute. At the Summer Symposium the three trained with over 500 other high school Drum Majors. The Drum Major Institute trains the students on how to instruct a band on drill, how to conduct and most importantly how to be an effective leader of the marching band.
Our three Drum Majors also trained on the use of a mace which is the ceremonial staff that each Drum Major carries at the front of the band in a parade. This training was an additional element necessary for the band’s participation in the Rose Parade. Fans can watch the Saratoga High School Marching Band prepare for the big parade trip in several local parades this fall. The band will be marching in the Foothill Band Review parade on October 24th in Pleasanton and in the Los Gatos Holiday Parade on December 5th. Having spent their freshman band season in 2012 preparing for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York, this season will be a fitting bookend for the Drum Majors and the Seniors in the band when the band marches down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena in the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 2016.
Each Drum Major provided a favorite memory about the band and the music program from the last four years. Each of these memories well represents the typical experience for all of the Seniors who have spent four years in the program:
Katie notes, “Marching down 5th avenue with the loud cheering fans, huge balloons, and clear morning sky is a picture that will never leave me. Performing and laughing with my friends for the past four years has been a blessing.”
Shiva states, “I remember one morning during our New York Macy's trip going with friends to see the sunrise in central park. This memory will forever be the highlight of my high school… the sunrise gives me a certain warmth that I feel when I’m with the entire band family.”
Avi, reflects, “I remember on the first day of band camp freshman year, I was nominated by my section to play a game. I barely managed to win, but our section got to go to lunch first because of my win, and all the clarinets was super impressed. At that point, I realized I was part of a family and that I could open up and "hatch" from my mental "shell", and voila 4 years later I am a completely different person for the better.”