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Get to know the drum major: Trenton Kozel

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OAHS band being led by drum major Trenton Kozel

OAHS band being led by drum major Trenton Kozel

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OAHS band being led by drum major Trenton Kozel

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Orcutt Academy High School senior Trenton Kozel leads the marching band as this years student drum major.

 

As drum major, Kozel holds a very valuable and important position of leadership. While members of the band are playing their instruments, Kozel is the one who is conducting them. This task is not as easy as one might imagine.

 

“It’s like being a team captain, but I have a little more responsibility. While a team captain still plays the sport, my job is a bit more involved,” Kozel states. Band members rely on him to stay on pace while conducting in order for a number to go smoothly.  

 

Besides leading them through music, Kozel holds other responsibilities as well. These include being “a buffer” between the students and their director. He must always be aware of what’s going on in the band and know about the needs of each member.

 

Along with any position of leadership, there comes the expectation that the leader will be a role model. Kozel thinks that it is very important to set a good example to those who are looking up to you, showing them what a student in the band should be like.

 

Kozel has shown that he is naturally inclined to be a leader, and having those qualities is what made him a drum major in the first place. Members of the band always looked up to him, which in turn got him the position of drum major when they were in need of one.

 

“A good leader can make or break something,” Kozel states. He knew going into the position that there would be a lot of pressure, but his passion for band gave him the motivation he needed in order to pull it all off. He holds a love for music, and this was the perfect opportunity for him to showcase that through leading others who share that same love.

 

Although Kozel loves playing his trumpet, he took this position knowing that there were areas that needed fixing, and he was the right person to do it. He is confident in his ability to lead the band to their full potential, and so far has loved the improvement he has seen.

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  1. Trenton Kozel on October 8th, 2018 1:34 PM

    Wonderful piece! Thank you!

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