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who are natural leaders, as well as student leaders who developed through adversity. “They have to have individual desire or they are not going to have a good time or as much fun in the program,” Weaver said. This is yet another example of how band imitates life, the two directors say. Developing drum majors is part of being a band director. Students who have become drum ma- jors say they have learned that leadership is really about service. “As teenagers, it is incredibly difficult for us to do things that are truly selfless, but in band, or music in general, you must learn the give and take that makes something artful,” said Caitlyn Hazzard of Liberty High School. “You won't always have the melody in band, and you won't always have the limelight in leadership, in fact, you rarely will have either, but you can't let that affect how you do what you do.” Weaver said he has a rubric in his head when each new year starts and freshmen Drum Major Lexi Para leads the Independence High School Band with energy and enthusiasm. 32 | FOCUS arrive. By the end of fall, he says he usu- ally can identify the students who show the potential to be section leaders and eventually drum major. “We let them adapt and get oriented. Kids will change the most during fresh- men and sophomore years. That is when we start seeing the traits that are neces- sary,” Cansler said. L e x i P a ra , a d r u m m a j o r a t Independence, says band has developed her leadership skills. “Being in band for four years and leading up to being drum major certainly helped me build some of my best quali- ties, if not all,” she said. “I’ve focused a lot in my two years of being drum major to make sure that while I am in a position of leadership to work with my band and not order them to do things. With that, I had to learn how to be a better servant to my band through asking members what I could improve upon or if anything I say seems ‘bossy’ or too bold. It can be easy to get carried away when you’re put in charge of 200 students who are all looking at you for what to do and how to behave.” Band is not just the music or the marching. FISD marching band students go through lengthy application processes for leadership roles. Band students are expected to perform service projects. If students do it just for their college applications, it doesn’t work, Weaver and Cansler agreed. They enjoy helping stu- dents find their passion for music. They also rejoice when they see students grow and develop even when band doesn’t come easy for them. The two say that an attitude of deter- mination has shown up in several of their students. They see band not only build- ing leaders, but more importantly, leaders who serve. They agree that while band directors don’t teach leadership, teachers can cultivate it. At Liberty, Hazzard sets an example of caring as well as leadership. She is plan- ning to be a music therapist. Weaver has seen her take time to help her band mates,