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Blue Band Drum Major's Experience Was "Life Changing"

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Blue Band Drum Major Ian Kenney

“The experience was life-changing.”

Senior music education major Ian Kenney is referring to his three years as drum major of the Marching Blue Band. Now preparing for his student teaching experience in fall 2013, he expects to be on the marching band field next fall, but in a new position as a student teacher working with a high school marching band in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. 

“I’m going to miss being on the head-set and calling commands; the game-day atmosphere in that role; the tiny traditions, the chants, the cheers, the camaraderie… And, there’s nothing more exciting than taking the field and going into the sprint out of the band prior to the flip. That one moment in the music—there’s nothing like it.”

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