Swanson earns rare Drum Corp award


Kings High School Senior Emily Swanson has been selected as the Drum Major of the 2015 US Army All American Marching Band. Thousands of students apply, but only 125 are selected nationwide to be in the band after challenging auditions.

Swanson said she first heard about this opportunity her junior year at the Drum Corp International competition.

“My dad picked up a flyer for me, and I decided to look into it,” she said. “I did a lot of research on my own, and I talked to Mr. McDonough about it. He was part of the first All American Marching Band in 2008. The more I learned about it, the more I wanted to do it.”

After deciding she wanted to be part of the band, she began the rigorous audition process.

“I applied to play the flute and the piccolo as well. Each application requires three videos. When I applied to be Drum Major I had to submit a video of myself conducting the band, the band performing, and a self-intro videos,” she said.

Swanson was elated when she learned that she had been selected to be the Drum Major and she is excited to go to the all-expenses-paid week-long trip to San Antonio, Texas where she will perform with the other members of the band.Swanson2

“The people I’ve talked to who’ve done it have said it was life-changing,” she said. “I’m eager to meet other people who have the same passion for music and band that I have”

Swanson will perform with the rest of the band on Dec. 29, and she credits the band teachers at Kings High School for her much of her success.

“The administration has offered tons of support for the music program” she said. “There’s so many opportunities to get involved in music at Kings, and Mr. Meagley and Mr. McDonough are endlessly supportive and have helped me a lot throughout the years.”

Swanson plans to attend Bowling Green State University and she wants to be part of the music program there.

“I can’t wait to be part of the falcon marching band,” she said. “After college music will just be something I do for fun, but it will always be part of my life.”

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