One. Two. Ready. Go.

Being drum major was something I had always wanted but wasn't sure if it was possible. I tried out anyway and got it.

To learn to be a drum major required we attend a leadership camp. Basically, we learned to conduct and how to act. It was a giant seminar but part of the drum major part was getting a random piece of music to conduct. The other drum majors would play as you conducted.

I tossed and turned in my hotel room, much to the irritation of the flute section leader I was rooming with.

So, the next day a couple people went up to conduct and did just lovely. I decide to go up and announce my piece. Our instructor says, oh! How exciting, it's the hardest piece out there.

This makes me feel a little better.

I get there and try it. It is an epic failure but the instructor talks me through it and we all get to the end of the piece. At the end of each conducting session, people may critique you. Everyone was so encouraging! People were so nice to me.

My whole soul felt on fire and I just wanted to burst into tears! Not because of any negativity in the room, but from the crazy friendliness of everyone.

A couple weeks later, I stepped upon the podium for the first time on my school's football field.

I smiled.

Being a drum major taught me more about leadership and people in one week then in my entire lifetime.

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18-21, F
Mar 13, 2010