St. Joseph’s Academy Senior Leslyanne Warrington has been selected as a member of the front ensemble for the 2017 Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. As part of the corps, Warrington will tour throughout the United States this summer, culminating with Drum Corp International (DCI) Championships to be held in Indiana in August.
Warrington is a four-year member of the Catholic High/St. Joseph’s Academy Bruin Band Front Ensemble.
“I was ecstatic when I got the email stating that I had received a contract: I think I might have actually jumped up and down a little bit,” Warrington said. “Auditioning for this group took three months of practice and attending audition camps at UL Lafayette, and I am so glad that my hard work paid off. I auditioned for this group last year and was not even invited to the second camp, so the fact that I have come this far feels amazing. DCI is ‘marching music’s major league,’ and I am honored to be invited to represent Louisiana as a member of Stars.”
Warrington said she is looking forward to experiencing Drum Corps this summer. “It’s such a unique experience because it forces you to live and work with the same group of people in unfamiliar surroundings over an extended period of time,” she said. “You rehearse in the blazing hot sun for hours on end, go to sleep and do the same thing again. It sounds awful, but it is extremely rewarding when you eventually get to tour around the country doing what you love with people you care about. As I transition from high school to college this summer, I am really looking forward to being able to focus solely on performing music as I eat, sleep and breathe percussion daily for weeks on end as a Louisiana Stars member on the DCI Tour circuit.”
Warrington credited the support of her band directors and fellow band members with helping her grow as a musician. She said they have inspired her to work hard, pursue her passions and believe in herself. “I came into the CHS Band not knowing a thing about percussion (I played electric bass in middle school), and I will soon leave with a love for it and the knowledge and experience I need to continue being successful in music and pursuing excellence in life,” she said. “The CHS Band, in particular the ‘pit’ (front ensemble), have become my second family and have permanently impacted my life in a very positive and meaningful way.”
Warrington encouraged other students, particularly girls, to pursue music, regardless of past experience. “Going from a novice percussionist in a predominately male section as a freshman to becoming a senior embarking on a life-changing experience in DCI representing our state, and being blessed with an ever-growing band family along the way, proves that opportunities abound for those who persevere,” she said.
Louisiana Stars and other corps will perform at Drums Across Cajun Field in Lafayette on July 24. This is the group’s only local tour stop. “Come check us out,” Warrington said.
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Date posted: March 15, 2017