NEW ORLEANS – August 4, 2016 – The St. Augustine High School Marching 100, under the direction of Director of Bands, Eddie Williams ’87, announced the selection of the drum majors and section leaders for the 2016-17, academic year. St. Augustine seniors Daylen Briant, Chandler Cyres, Adam Landry Jr., Joseph Mirabin and alternate Tyriq Sims were selected from a candidate pool of more than seven Marching 100 drum major applicants.
“The position of drum major in the Marching 100 has a long legacy of service and student leadership,” said Eddie Williams. “I know these students cherish that tradition and will strive to add to it as they serve next year.”
Drum major candidates endure months of training, and a grueling audition that includes a demonstration of basic baton techniques, whistle commands and conducting skills. Final candidates must tough academic requirements, submit an essay, demonstrate traditional Marching 100 Drum Major visual elements, and conduct the band in various selections, and drills.
“We are thrilled with the depth of musical knowledge, professionalism, and commitment of the students who are leading the Marching 100 this year,” said Sean J. Goodwin ‘95, Principal of St. Augustine High School. “Their talents ensure that the Marching 100 will continue its unparalleled tradition of excellence.”
A committee of band directors and band alumni make the final selection following a round of interviews. The band director makes the announcement and passes along the honor and responsibility to lead the Marching 100 in the next academic year at the summer band camp.
“Membership in the Marching 100 is extremely demanding, physically, and requires tremendous endurance,” Williams said. “Our drum majors are leaders and they must perform at an even higher level.” The St. Aug Marching 100 is known for their high-stepping style, musical repertoire ranging from Top 40 hits to classical marching band literature, and cutting-edge choreography.
2016– 2017 Marching 100 Drum Majors:
Daylen Briant is a four-year band member serving as on the Marching 100 Color Guard.
“I am excited to contribute to the Marching 100 as one of its drum majors,” said Briant. “It’s an honor and a privilege to help lead such a prestigious organization.”
Chandler Cyres, Alto, Tenor Sax, and Clarinet, is a six-year band member. Cyres is also a member of the St. Augustine Brass Band, the Roots of music.
“Through all my time in the band, I’ve always strived to be the best musician, marcher, and leader,” said Cyres. “Today that hard work has paid off and I am so proud of this moment.”
Adam Landry Jr., Baritone, is a fiver-year band member and serves as a Camp Pelican counselor.
“Earning the drum major position is a blessing. I plan on leading the band to the best of my abilities and pushing them to be the best,” said Adam Landry.
Joseph Mirabin, clarinet, is in his seventh year as a Marching 100 member. Mirabin is also a member of the National Honors Society and is involved in Campus Ministry.
“I am deeply blessed and humbled to be selected as a drum major for the distinguished Marching 100,” Mirabin said. “It is my goal to enhance the legacy of the legendary Edwin Hampton. I am honored to have the opportunity to be a leader and representative of St. Augustine High School.”
Joining the four drum majors in leading the Marching 100:
Tyriq Sims, senior – Drum major alternate
Thaddeus Sterling, senior – Band Captain
Prince Jones, senior – Band Captain
Daequan Coleman, senior – Tuba section leader
Rondell Hall, freshman – Assistant Tuba section leader
Gregory Cyres, sophomore – Trumpet section leader
Brandon Williams, junior – Assistant Trumpet section leader
Cameron Parker, sophomore – Mello section leader
Aaron Cazeno, senior – Assistant Mello section leader
Thaddeus Sterling, senior – Baritone section leader
Jean Paul Willard, junior – Woodwind section leader
Irvin Washington, junior – Assistant woodwind section leader
Djuan Tabb and Dorian Jones, junior – Drums section leaders
Devin Dunbar, senior – Drums assistant section leader
Prince Jones, senior – Trombone section leader
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