Burke: Leader of the EHS band
When audience members see Wendi Burke at Eudora High School ballgames this year, shel be moving her arms frantically and yelling at the top of her lungs over loud music.
She won be crowd surfing to rock music, but she will be leading as drum major for the Cardinal Regiment, marching band for EHS.
Burke, a senior, first received training as a junior drum major during her junior year. Working under last year drum major, Josh Abel, she learned the tricks of the drum major trade.
EHS Band Director Rob Foster, Jr. said having a junior drum major is a good way to introduce a student to the leadership position.
t gives them a year to ease into the senior position and not just be thrown into it,Foster said.
She would direct an occasional song at ballgames and directed when she felt comfortable. One of her biggest obstacles to overcome was being a leader in front of large crowds.
get so nervous,Burke said. hate the sound of my voice, so yelling in front of a crowd scares me.
Being the leader of a 50-member band, eight drill team members and a color guard squad has its pressures too.
think it the (solitude) of being alone up there,she said.
Burke believes the students listen to her direction on the field. Though there may be times when classmates get rowdy, Burke said, for the most part she followed.
think they listen to me. It kind of surprising.
Foster said Burke personality attributes to how band members respond to her leadership.
he has a great personality, which leads to being a good leader and having the respect of her peers,Foster said. t easy for her to get the kidsrespect.
Foster said he has confidence in Burke abilities as a drum major and is hopeful for this year band. This year, the Cardinal Regiment will be showcasing new marching uniforms with their performance.
e will be totally decked out in a new look,Foster said. nd, theye sharp, good-looking uniforms.
The uniforms were purchased earlier in the year and arrived in July. The uniforms ransformfor concert season to tuxedo-type uniforms for concert band. Foster said he hopes the new uniforms will improve morale and increase the drive for top-notch playing.
t does a lot for morale,Foster said. f the band students know they look good in their uniforms, they perform better. You can see it in their eyes.