Mykia Buford (‘18) is currently one of the Assistant Drum Majors of the Colonial Forge Marching Band and has been in the band for three years. Before holding this position, Buford played the piccolo.
“I love seeing people succeed and music is something close and very dear to my heart. I wanted to be Assistant Drum Major so I could share the fiery passion I have for music with everyone else around me and not just with music but also helping them display that passion while marching on a field and entertaining others,” Buford said.
Marching band is a physically, mentally, and time intensive sport. They also perform their show and play in the stands during the games on Fridays and then usually have a competition the next day.
“There is a lot of blood, sweat, and tears that go into marching band,” said Buford. “I wanted the marchers to experience on the level of this is what it takes to succeed in life because life isn’t easy and this is just a big practice arena for what life is like outside of high school,” she said.
Buford has learned many lessons as Assistant Drum Major. “Honestly, you never stop learning that’s what I’ve learned,” Buford said. “Coming into this job, all the books that have been handed to me and passed to me you know the leadership camps, you know I thought, ‘I got this, I’m totally prepared’, and honestly you can’t be prepared for this because it is on your feet all them time, asking questions, answering questions and I’ve learned that every single day.”