Marching Miles or Marching Myles?

Senior Myles Meader makes Drum Major position for 2018-2019 year

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Meader leads the band at the Lufkin game Aug. 31st

Alyssa Shobert, Editor-in-Chief

It’s a typical Friday night during football season for the Longview Lobos: the football team working hard on the field, the Viewettes dancing, the cheerleaders ramping up the fans, and the band playing in the stands. Except, when the band steps on the field for halftime, there’s something different that everybody notices. A male drum major in between two female drum majors marches out next to the band, with a tall white hat on his head to highlight the difference. Senior Myles Meader is the head drum major for the 2018-2019 school year, and for the first time since 2014, the band has a male leading the band to hold up the traditions that have been enduring for years.

As a male drum major, Meader serves as the representative of the band as a would a typical drum major, as well as the conductor on the field when the band is performing.

“My duty as head drum major is to keep the band steady in metaphorically torrential waters,” Meader said.

Meader manages the band along with two other drum majors, senior Abbey Gideon and junior Whitney Taylor, who lead the majorette line.

“Their duty differs from mine in that they are not only ambassadors  and leaders of the band,” Meader said, “but they also keep the majorette line upheld to its prestige and legacy of hard work, passion, and drive.”

The last male drum major, Garrett Littlejohn, led the band 4 years ago along with two female drum majors as well.

“[Littlejohn] reassured me that being a male drum major wasn’t a social stigma,” Meader said, “seeing as how usually drum majorettes are the leaders of the band.”

Despite males typically not being drum majors in the Lobo band, the position can be overseen equally by both, according to new head band director Tommy Moore.

“The position of drum major is neither male nor female,” Moore said, “the position goes to the best candidate.”

Not only does Meader play six instruments, including oboe, English horn, clarinet, flute, piccolo, and saxophone, but he also dreams to attend the Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute for Music next fall.

“The possession of an innate musical connection strengthens one’s leadership capabilities when it comes to being a drum major,” Meader said, “not all outstanding leaders would be a good major because they wouldn’t understand the cordial structure of music and such.”

Meader has been interested in becoming drum major for a long time because of his affinity for and an ingrained knowledge of music.

“I also wanted to be the forerunner of an organization that has such a legacy of excellence.”