Student, Flower Mound High School, Class of 2016,
As the squad leader for the FMHS band, I have learned many great leadership skills. Our marching band had the privilege of competing on a national level at the Grand National competition in Indianapolis in November, 2014. Squad leaders are responsible for the training and development of the individuals that participate in their squad. In addition, I was lead horn, so I was responsible for the horn choir that started our show that year. There are many benefits of being a leader in a program that competes at such a high level. We are held to very high standards and we are expected to carry these standards to those individuals under our leadership. When a Freshman joins the high school band, they have a huge learning curve. As their leader, I help them learn the fundamentals of marching and how to understand the drills. Since we have about 2 months to learn and memorize the drills, we have a short period of time to close the learning gap and assist those that make competition band to learn to play their instrument and successfully navigate the drill. The leadership style of our band is to “lead by example”. Therefore, leaders are held to higher standards than a non-leader in the band. We are bound to always be on time, strictly follow the rules, policies and procedures of the band. As a leader, we should exhibit the best in playing and marching in order to assist the directors in getting the show together. As a leader, I have learned about handling conflict. We have 400 students in our band program and there will always be conflict. I have learned a great deal about the power of good communication, how to ask questions to help clear up a misunderstanding and when to just leave things alone and let the individuals sort through the situation on their own to find a solution.