BY APRIL ROSE –
On October 2nd, the Mena High School Marching Band received division one ratings at the Showcase of Bands in Little Rock, AR. Senior Drum Major Brynn Harvey was awarded the top drum major award for the class 4A division.
Brynn Harvey is the son of Brian and Mandy Harvey and Jason and LaCreta Farthing. He has been in band through beginning, junior high and senior high band for a total of seven years. Brynn plays tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, alto saxophone, trumpet, french horn and guitar. He plans to attend either University of Central Arkansas, Henderson State University or University of Arkansas at Monticello to study music education.
Brynn has made the all-region concert band for two years, all-region jazz band for two years, the all-state symphonic band, the all-state wind symphony, and the all-state jazz band on saxophone. His awards inside the Mena Band Program include Rookie of the Year, Outstanding Marcher and the John Phillip Sousa Award.
“Being Drum Major is wonderful. Not only do I know everyone as my friends, but I get to step out and see the band as a whole. I get to see their potential and watch them improve and sometimes they blow me away with what they can do. It’s my favorite part of why I do it,” said Brynn when asked about his experience as the MHS drum major. “Band takes a lot, especially time. There can be lots of stress and late nights and tons of practice, but lots of great moments.”
During the assessment, the band was scored in five categories: drum line, marching fundamentals, color guard, overall effect and drum major abilities. Brynn received a division one rating in drum major abilities as well as the individual top drum major. Brynn’s individual award was given to only one drum major per division. He credited the band for his accomplishment, stating, “It was a great learning experience for everyone and a chance to have fun doing something we love. What made the award I was presented with so meaningful was the effort of the band. They drive my passion. It’s why I put myself up there. It’s just as much their award as it is mine.”