Student leadership is at the core of success in the Mustang Band. The student leadership team is comprised of servant-minded students that embody the core principals of the Mustang Band. These students lead by example in areas of musicianship, academics, and service. It is an honor and privilege to be selected as a member of the leadership team. The team is united under the goal of making sure the Mustang Band achieve what they perceivably think is impossible.
THE SELECTION PROCESS
Being selected into the leadership team as an officer is a multi-step process. Students must first apply to enter consideration for a leadership position. This application will be provided by the directors and must be completed by the determined time. The application includes a questionnaire and teacher recommendation forms. The student must be prepared to specify what position(s) he/she is applying for. In addition to the application, the student must attend the leadership clinics and fully participate in the discussions and activities. At the conclusion of the clinics the current members will be polled as to their choices for the leadership team. This data point will influence the ultimate and final decision which falls on the band directors and Mustang Band staff. In summary, there will be five areas of evaluation for each potential member of the leadership team.
Section leaders are generally selected by the officers based on their responsibility level, musicianship, leadership capabilities, and ability to help or teach other students. Although being a section leader is not an officer position, it is still an extremely important role in the band.
Logistics team is selected from a list of volunteers by the logistics officer based on the required skill set for the specific jobs that need to be fulfilled.
DRUM MAJOR CANDIDATES
Candidates for drum major will have to complete the same process as leadership candidates in addition to preparation for the drum major audition. The drum major auditions will be held separately from the leadership clinics. The auditions will be the directors. Each candidate will audition individually and will have to complete all aspects of the audition.
Audition requirements consist of:
Basic Conducting Patterns (5/4/3/2/1)
Prepared Recording (Marching Music)
BEFORE YOU APPLY
Being a student leader is challenging. Before choosing to be a member of the leadership team, evaluate your reasoning for doing so. Providing a service to the band must be at the heart of your willingness to join the team. The directors hold our student leaders in high regard. You must be in good academic standing, have no discipline issues, and exist as a role model for your peers. The selection process is thorough because it has to be correct. No doubt the next leadership team will be one of the best.