Leaders of the BGSU band PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editorw   
Saturday, 16 November 2013 09:16
BGSU drum majors Zack Deininger (left) and Emily Haver (right) are seen after the final home game against Ohio University Tuesday. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Two of the Falcon marching band leaders this year are local musicians, who hope to make music their career.
Emily Haver and Zach Deininger are two of three drum majors leading Bowling Green State University's band this year.
Haver, a senior, is a 2009 graduate of Bowling Green High School, while Deininger, a junior, is a 2011 graduate of Elmwood High School.
The third drum major is Ryan Flynn of Avon Lake.
Fourteen musicians interviewed for marching band drum major this year, explained Haver, who had tried out for four years before getting chosen this year, her last on campus.
"It just depends on who is auditioning."
Haver plays trombone, while Deininger plays mellophone.
This is Deininger's second year as drum major.
Both are music education majors, and Haver will graduate in May.
"I'm going wherever I can get something," Haver laughingly admitted about her local job options.
Deininger has a goal of becoming a college band director.
The drum majors have the biggest presence as the band takes the field before a football game, leading the way and wearing colors different from the rest of the band.
"If we do mess up, everyone will see," laughed Deininger.
Band Director Carol Hayward directs the pregame show.
"She's in charge. She's running stuff. She's fantastic," said Deininger.
The three students then direct at half time. The tough part comes while the band is in the stands and they have to watch the game and line up the appropriate songs.
There's no competition between the three leaders.
"We show everyone we're equal," Deininger stated.
Both Haver and Deininger admitted they love conducting.
Deininger said he fell in love with band when, as a first-grader, he went to Toledo to hear the Ohio State University band perform on its way to the University of Michigan.
"Ever since, I wanted to be in the marching band.
"I like being in the front, and not just for the glory. It's a really good thing. It's been my dream and now I get to do it."
This year, with the band at 285 members, a third drum major was added.
There are four steps to becoming a drum major: teaching, marching, interviewing and playing.
The first two are done within his or her music section, and the last two involve meeting one-on-one with Hayward. "She wants you to be a good musician," said Deininger. "We teach music as much as we teach marching."
The band usually performs four different shows each year, but this year added a fifth.
The band always travels to Toledo for the big I-75 showdown and travels to bowl games.
The band has nine section leaders, which helps with leadership skills for music majors.
"It's kind of like our own little class," said Deininger.

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