SHS senior Drew Leder has been selected to be a part of the Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps, a member Drum Corps International (DCI), also known as Marching Music’s Major League. Leder will travel across the country competing against other drum corps’ beginning in late June.
A trip in 9th grade, alongside SHS Band Director Kevin Sherman, opened Leder’s eyes to the opportunity of becoming a drum corps member. Three short years later, his dream has become a reality.
Leder’s saxophone had to be replaced with a mellophone in order to meet the instrument requirements, so he began learning to play a new instrument last year. The combination of learning a new instrument and serving as the 2019 Drum Major helped prepare him for the responsibility and commitment of the DCI.
“I decided to go for it,” Leder said. “I knew commitment was a big deal, and band helps us learn commitment. Being the Drum Major helped me mature. I can look back and see how I matured over the year.”
As a member of Genesis, Leder will learn a 10-12 minute production with props, body movement and extremely complex music. He is looking forward to performances in Arizona, California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Wyoming, Georgia, Texas, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Indiana. On August 8, 2020, he will perform in Indianapolis at the RCA Dome, home of the Colts NFL team, for the DCI World Championships.
Leder said community members can follow his journey by going to dci.org to see a list of performances or downloading flomarching, which is a streaming subscription that will allow people to watch select performances. The contest in McKinney, Texas will be the closest for anyone interested in attending an event.
Band Director Kevin Sherman knows first hand how this experience will impact Leder. “I performed 11 years doing what he is about to do and taught for four more years. The friends he will make, the places he will get to go and see….all of it will be an experience of a lifetime. I am thrilled that he will be a part of it.”
Leder will attend Arkansas State University at Jonesboro in the fall and major in music education. After graduation he hopes to become a band director and share his passion for music.