The directors of the Bullard High School Panther Band recently named the students who will fill the band's top student leadership positions for the 2016- 2017 school year.
“I’m extremely excited about the upcoming school year for the band,” said Gary Jordan, Bullard ISD Director of Bands. “We’re already focused on getting things in motion for next year. We’ve got a great student leadership staff coming in that I am very proud of and expect them to lead the band, not only by command, but also by example this season.”
According to Jordan, tryouts for the band’s drum major positions were held on Friday, May 12, with a total of four band students rising to the top.
The position of head drum major will be filled by senior Katy Kuczkowski, as she was promoted from her position of assistant drum major last year, receiving the mace from 2016-2017 drum major Matthew Bradley.
“When we went to head-to-head tryouts, all of the positions were open,” said Jordan. “We had two assistant drum majors from last year trying out again, but Katy was the one who came out on top as the number one candidate, so she will be our head drum major next year. I’m very proud of Katy and her contributions to the Panther Band program; she has helped in many roles logistically during the everyday rehearsal of the band.”
Kuczkowski, daughter of Kristen and Peter Kuczkowski, is a flute/piccolo player and has been in the Panther Band for the past five years.
As a member of the Panther Band, Kuczkowski has previously served in leadership positions, including lieutenant quartermaster and sophomore representative.
Aside from her involvement with the Panther Band, Kuczkowski has also served as a member of the BHS Science Club and Health Students Occupations of America (HOSA).
“When I heard the news, I was over the moon,” said Kuczkowski. “It was extremely satisfying to see my hard work pay off in the end. I'm super excited for the year to come.”
Assisting Kuczkowski in her duties as drum major this season will be senior Megan McCoy, selected to fill the role of assistant head drum major. McCoy served as an assistant drum major with Kuczkowski last year.
“Just like Katy, Megan was a great leader and assistant drum major last year,” said Jordan. “She has been truly an asset to our band program and will fill the position of drum major in the case of Katy’s absence.”
McCoy, daughter of Christi and Wyley McCoy, is a clarinet player and has been a member of the Panther Band for the past three years.
During her time and involvement with the Panther Band, McCoy has served the program as the lieutenant music library captain.
She has also been involved with several other BHS student clubs and organizations, including Key Club, Drama Club, Model United Nations, UIL Science, and Lady Panther Track and Cross Country.
“I am extremely excited to get to lead the band with the other drum majors,” said McCoy. “We are all driven and hard working young women who deserve everything we have worked for. I am thankful that Mr. Jordan has entrusted us with this task, and I hope we serve him well. I am excited to take each task head on and help the band grow closer alongside my fellow drum majors.”
Jordan also named two other Bullard Panther band members to serve as assistant drum majors to serve the band’s ever-growing membership numbers, appointing juniors Emily Dean and Sarah Doyle as assistant drum majors.
“With the size of the band we’re predicting for next season, I decided to have some help for the head and assistant head drum majors by bringing back the two assistant drum major positions,” said Jordan. “With that, Emily Dean and Sarah Doyle will help out by serving as assistant drum majors. We’re looking at having a band program with 180 members in the 2017-2018 school year; we’re so close to that 200 –member mark. We’re also looking at having 60 freshmen members in the band this year.”
Dean, daughter of John and Abigail Dean, also serves the Panther Band as a percussionist, and has previously served as a Class Representative in the band during her freshman and sophomore years.
“Being named an assistant Drum Major of our band was definitely a special moment,” said Dean. “The anticipation that had been growing throughout the days before hand had been turned into excitement for the future. Being able to serve the band this upcoming school year is very much a blessing. I'm looking forward to working with the directors, fellow drum majors, and the band to reach our goals in this next season.”
Doyle, daughter of Diana and Dwight Doyle, is a French horn and baritone player in the band. She has previously served in the Panther Band’s uniform crew.
“I may not be the best instrument player, but I saw the perfect opportunity to be a leader in something I'm very passionate about,” said Doyle. “Becoming a drum major is something I have been working hard towards for the past year and I am very grateful for the chance to do as much as I can for the Bullard band and all of the great people involved in it. Alongside Mr. Jordan and the three other drum majors I'll be working with, I can’t wait to see what this year will bring and how strong we will become as a band.”
The Bullard Panther Band will begin the 2017-2018 school year with the annual Freshman Marching Fundamentals Camp, to be held Wednesday through Friday, July 26-28, followed by full band rehearsals Monday through Friday, July 31-Aug. 4.