Leadership Runs In The Family

By Emma Polzer

We see them at football games, pep assemblies, and band competitions. The marching band is a big part of what happens at Legend and where we get our spirit, but who gives them their spirit? That person is the drum major, who for the last two years was Trevor Kimbrel.

As the new band season is about to begin, a new drum major had to be appointed because Kimbrel graduated. However, the Kimbrel era is not over yet, for soon-to-be-senior Hallie Kimbrel will take over for her brother this coming summer.

“I haven’t tried to fill in [Trevor’s] shoes. Right now I’m just trying to be my own drum major,” Hallie says about taking over for her brother. She is determined to make the band the best it can be and put her own spin on the way things used to be.

Starting something new and as big as becoming the drum major is intimidating to a lot of kids but Hallie says she’s “really excited to see how the band grows this year and hopefully have them strive to do their best”.

Before band camp begins later in the summer, Hallie will be attending camps made specifically for drum majors that teaches them how to be a leader and works to improve their conducting skills. In order to make the band the best it can be, Hallie will be practicing her music in order to know the music inside and out.

Hallie knows that she has to be a good leader and has been thinking “in [her] head of ways [she] can help the band and what [she] can do to be the best drum major [she] can be,”. This summer she will be mentally preparing herself and getting into that leadership role that will be expected of her later this year.

After these few weeks of creating a clear foundation for herself, Hallie will be leading the band at the first football game and throughout the year at competitions and assemblies to follow.

Hallie Kimbrel and Matt Smith get announced to be drum major and assistant drum major at the band banquet.
Hallie Kimbrel and Matt Smith get announced to be drum major and assistant drum major at the band banquet.

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