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Lincoln-Way Marching Band announces 2018-2019 Drum Majors
Friday, April 13, 2018

Today, April 13, 2018, the Lincoln-Way Marching Band (LWMB) is proud to announce its Drum Majors of the 2018-2019 season. Hailey Woock (Lincoln-Way West), Alex Guzzo (Lincoln-Way East), Nick Forlenza (Lincoln-Way East), Jessica Lyons (Lincoln-Way Central) and Madisen Tomaszewski (Lincoln-Way West) were chosen from a group of 17 musicians who applied for the highly coveted positions.

Drum Majors, who are selected once each year, are chosen by Band Directors Dr. Bert Johnson, Christopher Mroczek, Justin Barnish and Cary Ruklic. The five upper classmen were selected through a three-stage tryout process, and are especially excited due to the highlight event that awaits on January 1, 2019: The Tournament of Roses Parade.

“I’m absolutely enthralled for this upcoming season,” says Woock. “With a great competitive show in the works and The Rose Parade to finish off the season, there’s nothing to not be excited about! I am even more excited to march the parade as a Drum Major. Being able to march as a leader of such an incredible and hardworking band fuels my heart and reminds me how lucky I am to be a part of this program. With this being my last year at Lincoln-Way and as a Drum Major, I can’t think of a better way to end my time here than marching down the streets of Pasadena with my best friends.”

The Drum Major selection process is a multi-stage interview, including a video submission by the musicians, a one-on-one interview, as well as a two-hour group interview where band directors provide situational questions and observe the contenders’ problem-solving skills and critical thinking abilities.

Guzzo says that the grueling interview process allowed him to think about his ability to continually grow and improve in music, and in all aspects of life. “…Coming out of the [group] interview, I felt much more confident with how I thought it went,” he says. “There were still things that could’ve been improved, but I didn’t let it bother me. Looking back at all of the things that I need to improve upon and striving to be greater has turned me into a much better person and better musician. I believe if everybody had this same mindset, we could all become much greater in whatever we do, than we ever could’ve imagined.”

Other than their many in-season responsibilities, Drum Majors are tasked with many behind the scenes duties as well. They serve as instructors for their peers, communicating between groups within the LWMB, and are also in charge of equipment loading and unloading at each and every travel event. During the season, the Drum Majors conduct field shows at football games, as well as instruct their fellow musicians at parades.

“As Drum Majors, we’re intricately involved with the day to day objectives and goals of the band,” says Forlenza. “We meet regularly with the directors to be sure all band members know where to be and when to be there. We’re responsible for keeping everything moving in the right direction all the time. In the past year, I’ve learned to think about things from all perspectives. All of these responsibilities have helped me mature and look differently at my future. As a result, I plan on perusing a degree in music education.”

Those who wish to donate to the LWMB in support of the Tournament of Roses trip may find more information by visiting https://www.lincolnwaymusic.org/sponsor.html.