Drum majors work as a team to lead Dutchtown Sound _lowres

Photo provided by DUTCHTOWN SOUND -- The 2014-15 drum majors for the Dutchtown Sound at Dutchtown High School are, from left, drum major Julian Stanley, senior; assistant drum major Maddie Schram, junior; and assistant drum major Ryan Hoffman, senior.

Julian Stanley, Maddie Schram and Ryan Hoffman — all students with a long history of dedication to band — are leading the Dutchtown Sound as drum majors.

This is Stanley’s second year as drum major at Dutchtown High School.

“It is amazing to be able to wave your arms around and have a couple hundred musicians play,” Stanley said. “Conducting a marching show during a competition is, by far, the most fun part of being drum major and one of the most awe-inspiring moments I have ever experienced.”

The senior has played clarinet for eight years. He said he gets a lot of satisfaction in his role.

“Being drum major lets me focus on the part of marching band I enjoy the most — the music,” Stanley said.

Stanley has participated in honor bands, including the Louisiana All-State Band. He is president of the debate and math clubs and has received the College Board’s AP Scholar award. With aspirations for the medical profession, he participates in programs such as Day with the Doctors, volunteers at hospitals and helps with genomics research at LSU. He plans to major in biochemistry and molecular biology and attend medical school.

Senior Ryan Hoffman said being assistant drum major has helped him reach important goals.

“I wanted to gain leadership experience, take on new responsibilities and work my hardest to see that Dutchtown Sound has a successful year. I hope my actions inspire younger members to work their hardest and give this program their all,” the saxophone player said. “The best part of being a drum major is seeing the progress of each member as the year goes on and feeling a sense of pride and accomplishment knowing my efforts helped get us where we are today.”

Hoffman is in Beta Club, National Honors Society and Allied Health. He was named most improved freshman in 2012, has been Galliant Griffin six times and was named most intelligent student his freshman, sophomore and junior years. He plans to major in biology and attend medical school, with a specialty in surgery or pathology.

For junior Maddie Schram, being an assistant drum major allows her to expand on her six-year history of playing clarinet.

“My favorite thing is getting a chance to grow close to all the sections, not just clarinets, and getting to watch the band grow and improve,” Schram said.

Schram has been accepted into eight honor bands in Louisiana and Mississippi and was named most outstanding woodwind in seventh through 10th grades. She is involved in theater, student council, Beta Club, dance and winter guard. She plans to get a bachelor’s in music education and a master’s in music performance.

Drum major auditions consisted of interviews and a demonstration of marching, teaching and conducting abilities for judges.