Music City Legend Names 2009 Drum Major

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Timothy E. White, 44, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has been selected as the new Drum Major for Music City Legend Drum & Bugle Corps. White, a second-year member of the corps, formerly held that position with the Salem (Oregon) Argonauts in 1982. He also performed with the Santa Clara Vanguard from 1984 to 1986.

Originally from Stockton, California, White began his music education in the 4th grade on violin, before moving to saxophone, and French horn. After moving east, he gave up high school football to learn trumpet and marched with the Cleveland (Tennessee) High School Marching Band before his family relocated to the northwest. He joined the Argonauts as Drum Major in 1982 before graduating from Sprague High School in Salem the following year.

White joined the Santa Clara Vanguard on mellophone two years later and played in the first soprano line the next two seasons, aging out after the 1986 season. He later moved back east and was out of drum corps entirely before joining Music City Legend in the fall of 2007.

Tim is employed as a sales associate with Sam’s Club. He also serves as the Visual Coordinator and Drum Major Coach with the award-winning La Vergne (Tennessee) High School Marching Band, under Fine Arts Coordinator Edward Freytag, Music City Legend’s Percussion Caption Chairman.

He and his wife of 21 years, Ondru, have two children. Micah, 19, is a freshman at Middle Tennessee State University. Gracee, 13, will begin high school later this year. White’s favorite sport is hockey, which he plays whenever possible to stay in shape. He is an avid fan of the Philadelphia Flyers.

White succeeds Miss Ashley Nilles, who left Music City Legend following the corps’ successful 2008 campaign to pursue her music education overseas.

Music City Legend enters its fifth season of field competition in 2009 following two consecutive 11th place finishes at the DCA World Championship in Rochester, New York. The corps continues to prepare for the 2009 DCA competitive season with rehearsals held at La Vergne High School in La Vergne, Tennessee, east of Nashville. More information on the corps can be found online at or call 615-691-1918.

Posted by on Monday, April 20th, 2009. Filed under DCA News.