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Penn State Drum Major

The Drum Major of the Pennsylvania State University Marching Blue Band is, according to the constitution, the "highest ranking member of the Blue Band.” The position is one of the most recognizable symbols at the university throughout the fall football season, and beyond. To be chosen for the position is not only a remarkable accomplishment, but also a huge responsibility, as this position upholds long-standing values and traditions of the Blue Band.

The following is a small sampling of the duties required of all Penn State Blue Band Drum Majors:
 

  • Perform two traditional front flips during pregame performances for all home football games, away football games, exhibition performances, and at any possible bowl football games. 
     

  • Conduct alongside staff members for halftime shows at home, away, and bowl football games.
     

  • Conduct independenty in the stands for all home, away, and bowl football games.
     

  • Conduct at various pep-band "gigs" throughout the football season.
     

  • Lead the Blue Band in stretches before rehearsals/practices and set the tone for rehearsals.
     

  • Act as an enthusiastic representative and liaison of the Blue Band to the Penn State community.
     

  • Build strong ties with the Blue Band staff and become a valued assistant, leader, and member within the band.
     

  • Make public appearances at various functions in the area (fundraisers, date auctions, poster signings, etc.) 

Exchanging the mace with the Nittany Lion at the 2010 Outback Bowl in Tampa Bay, FL