Revolution Names 2006 Drum Majors
Traci Finch and Jerry Smith Jr. have been hard at work with Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps. They were recently selected to lead the corps for the 2006 summer season.
Traci Finch, from Round Rock, Texas, led her own band as the drum major of Stony Point High School. Eager to get her feet wet in a drum corps, she marched with the Patriots of Rochester, NY, in 2003 where she marched baritone.
Her sister encouraged her to try out for Revolution since she was a member. “Since I didn’t march between my senior year in high school and freshman year in college, I really missed drum corps.” Finch tried out for drum major in 2005 and received the head position. On her best experience in the corps, Finch replied, “Lasting friendships that turn into best men and brides maids.”
Now, at UT in Arlington, Finch is in her second year as a music education major. She plans to work with a drum corps in the future and teach horn line.
Jerry Smith Jr., from Lubbock, TX, is a senior at Suddan High School, where he is the current drum major for the marching band. Smith plays trombone in high school but was asked to play baritone for Revolution, while being the drum major as well.
“Marching drum corps has been in the back of my mind since middle school, but I didn’t want to march a division 1 corps just yet,” Smith said. With the support of his parents, Smith tried out for Revolution.
“This is my first time marching drum corps and I have already gotten so much out of it: making new friends, the experience of marching with a drum corps, getting to perform for everybody, and the whole traveling experience will be awesome,” Smith concluded. “Basically, drum corps is like marching band except 10 times more intense and marching at the speed of light.”
Smith will attend Eastern New Mexico University in August, at the conclusion of the summer tour. “I want to join the band there and maybe even try out for drum major.” On his future plans Smith said, “I don’t want to make music a profession, but I definitely want it to be a part of my life.”
Although their backgrounds are different, they walk down the same path with one goal in mind, “Leave summer knowing we did all we could do, our best, no regrets. Leave it all on the field.”
Revolution, a 501©3 non-profit performing arts organization, is based out of San Antonio, Texas. Email the director at DirectorDBC [at] revolutionypa [dot] org to learn more about how you can be a part of the Revolution in 2006.