There is something special about returning home. Every year I am excited to come back to Maryland to see my family after a long semester. In a way Drum Major Academy is much the same. I am in my fifth summer of participating in DMA in some way, I could not be happier to be back. I love to see and catch up with staff I haven’t seen in a year, but most of all I love working with the students.
After two years on IMPACT Team, I was given the fantastic opportunity to join the instructional staff at DMA. Last week, I spent my time at University of North Carolina, Charlotte to work with the amazing drum majors there. Today I started the last leg of my DMA journey at West Chester University. It’s hard to believe it’s been four years since 2010 when I entered as a new, junior drum major. To this day, I am still immensely thankful that Mr. Proctor had enough faith in me to allow me the chance to be the drum major of the Quince Orchard High School Marching Band. To say that the opportunity changed my life is an understatement.
As much as I hope DMA teaches the students, I find that I learn more and more every year as a staff member. The other staff are immensely experienced and knowledgeable and as I music education student, I am fortunate to be around them.
It’s so hard to believe July and the summer are almost finished! Just a few weeks until I work back at Quince Orchard High School before heading right back up to East Lansing to get ready to bring a new class into the Spartan Marching Band. Almost time to return back to that “home” and I could not be more excited.