When the Heart of Georgia Marching Band Invitational takes place Saturday, there will be not one but two cases of drum major déjà vu.
Along with the 20 high school bands that will be competing in the event, including a performance from host band Warner Robins High School, the Blazin Brigade Marching Band from Valdosta State University will perform.
Chad Capers, Warner Robins High School class of 2012, and Devin Driskell, Warner Robins High class of 2011, are serving as the drum majors for Valdosta State. Both young men served as drum majors during their senior years at Warner Robins High School.
Because a drum major is the conductor and a leadership position, the position is very prestigious and competition for it is very tough.
Both Capers and Driskell gave credit for their selection to the Warner Robins High School program and band director Todd Howell.
Going through Mr. Howells program and learning from him the expectations of how a drum major should act gave us both a big edge on the competition for drum major at Valdosta State, Driskell said.
Along with the fact that Valdosta State has two drum majors serving together, there is another primary difference between a high school and college band.
In high school, we focused a lot on precision for competition, Capers said. Our focus is more pure entertainment value; performing for the football crowd rather than the judges.
With that difference, however, comes a little more added responsibility.
We are trying to get the crowd involved, so it is more important to watch the game and follow the action. Mr. Howell did that for us at Warner Robins, Driskell said.
Coming back to McConnell-Talbert is nostalgic for both Capers and Driskell.
After that last time, I honestly never thought I would have the chance to perform at the Mac again. It is pretty awesome to be coming back, Driskell said.
When I was a junior I looked up to Devin, Capers said. Now to get to go back to our alma mater and share the experience of showcasing our hard work is amazing.
The 16th Annual Heart of Georgia Marching Band Invitational will be held at McConnell-Talbert Stadium on Saturday . The gates will open at 10 a.m. Performances begin at 10:40 a.m. and will last until the awards ceremonies at 9 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Middle school band students who wear their school band shirts will be admitted for free. Concessions will be available and will include funnel cakes, cotton candy and beverages.
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