Nicholas Buren: Leading the way with confidence
One position in each band wears many hats. The drum major serves as a role model, a parade leader and even a uniform inspector.
Nicholas Buren, 16, is the drum major for the Lincoln High School marching band. On Saturday, he moved quickly through his fellow musicians, checking to make sure every button was on straight, and that their tall hats were tilted at just the right angle.
These details are important during a standing inspection, but they are just as important to Buren’s conscience.
Buren started out as a freshman playing the French horn. But he prefers this role.
“I’m here to successfully lead the band through the parade,” he said.
He’s also got his own performance: spinning, tossing and twirling his mace, a tall decorated pole he uses to lead the group.
There are sometimes problems. A gust of wind might knock over the judging booth, or Buren might stop the music before the color guard has finished their routine. But none of that happened this time.
Buren says the band calls this review the “good luck band review,” since it runs along Stockton Street, and his school is in Stockton.