Featured 15: Raikwon

drumline sci fest cc.6x4.jpgIn 8th grade, my band director showed the band a video of the Blue Devils and a video of the Blue Devils Drumline. It was that day that I knew I wanted to be good at the snare drum.  Then in the 10th grade, I decided to try the drumline.  When we started the auditions(in the previous Spring), while playing the exercises, I realized I  I wasn’t that good.  I made Bass 5, but I didn’t enjoy it.  I knew I wanted to be a snare drummer.  So I began practicing for 5-6 hours a day.

Drumline auditions came around again for the new school year(11th grade).  Those auditions didn’t go so well either.  I made bottom bass again.  After that I said I will not stop until I get to play snare drum. I practiced even more, sometimes until midnight or 1 in the morning.

The end of the year came around and it was time for the band’s annual banquet. At the end of the banquet, my band director announces the new section leaders and he assigned me Assistant Percussion Captain.  The following week we have auditions for the new year (senior year). The auditions went pretty well this time!

Ben, the percussion instructor, announced the line and he left snares last on the list. I made it!  But now I’m Percussion Captain and Center Snare!  I was super excited.  After that, I started thinking about my future in drumline and I decided to audition for the Louisiana Stars Drumline.  I am getting ready to go to the last audition camp now, wish me luck!

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