My name is Jaden Romero. I am from Erath, Louisiana and graduated from Erath High school. I currently attend the University Of Louisiana at Lafayette where I am a freshman with a major in nursing. I’ve marched one year with the 2018 Louisiana Stars on trumpet and am excited to be serving as one of their 2019 drum majors. Some of my goals for the 2019 season are to maintain a high standard of excellence while keeping the drum corps experience fresh, fun, and new for the members. This means establishing a close knit family within the corps, setting the bar high, and achieving the goals we set out for. My personal goals are to be an excellent leader and example, become a better musician and leader, and end the season as a better person. Overall I would like to surprise the drum corps community with an excellent product. In the future I aspire to get my masters degree in nursing and open up my own clinic. I also hope to one day follow my dream of becoming a motivational speaker and travel the world inspiring people. My favorite thing about drum corps is seeing all the hard work pay off at the end of the season and having a second family when it’s all said and done.
My name is Victor Josue Morales. I was born in Clearwater, Florida and grew up all throughout the Eastern United States. Most of my youth was spent in Mandeville/Covington Louisiana. I first gained interest in marching band at my Alma Mater, Fontainebleau High School. I am majoring in computer science at UL at Lafayette. I participated at Louisiana Stars in 2018 as a drum major, and will be participating as a drum major again in the 2019 season. My personal goals for the 2019 season will be to better myself as a leader and as a person while ultimately guiding the corps to achieve their highest level of possible excellence. In the future, I plan on getting a bachelors degree in computer science or informatics, and then going to flight school to become a commercial pilot. My favorite thing about Drum Corps is getting to perform such an amazing show with such an amazing family. Seeing the end product of something this large group of talented people poured their time into is breath-taking. If anything is worth the money, the blood sweat and tears, this is it.
My name is Emily Gray. I’m from Naperville, Illinois, where I attended Naperville Central High School and was drum major for two years. I’m currently a freshman at the University of Southern Mississippi studying music education as a member of the flute studio. In the future, I hope to get a job as a director and eventually attend graduate school for either conducting or composition. During high school, I spent two years as a member of Chromium Winds, competing in WGI Winds and serving as the woodwind section leader. Last summer, I served as head drum major for Shadow Drum & Bugle Corps. I aged out at the end of the summer, since Shadow has an early age-out at 18. I’m incredibly excited to work with Louisiana Stars this season; my goals are to become a better person and leader, and to inspire others to do the same. I can’t wait to see what the members of this corps will accomplish this summer, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to serve them as a drum major. My favorite part of this activity is the constant drive to do and be better. Spending every day over the summer working to put together a production is a huge commitment, and it’s incredible to watch the individual growth that occurs within an ensemble. Members push themselves to their limits and work their hardest to always be better than they were the day before, and it really gives you an entirely new perspective on what personal growth, ability, and accomplishment mean. People join a drum corps and leave as a completely different person. The way this community and activity can change you for the better never ceases to amaze me.
My name is Rebekah Hinson and I am from Prairieville, Louisiana. I am currently a senior at Dutchtown High School where I marched as a trumpet player for 3 years and this year I was one of three drum majors. I plan on attending LSU in the fall of 2019 and majoring in Music Education. My plans for the future would be to get my doctorate in music and become a band director. I have been with the Louisiana Stars since 2017; I marched on trumpet in 2017, but I took a year off in 2018 (but I still came back to help volunteer on food crew for the first half of tour) and I’m now returning as a drum major for 2019. My goals for the season would be to always be an encouraging person and keep a positive attitude so that I can keep all of the members of the corps motivated to achieve excellence. My personal goals would be to grow as a musician and also learn how to become a better leader so that I can serve the people around me and inspire other members in the same way as past drum majors have inspired me. My favorite thing about drum corps would be the life long friends that I’ve made because of it and all of the wonderful opportunities that it has provided for me.