Southwind is already gearing up for a strong 2020 season, with an even more ambitious program, and a staff that’s prepared to take the corps to the next level. And Southwind’s four drum majors will be helping lead the way.

Southwind’s drum majors for the 2020 season are:

  • Zane Ballenger, Knoxville, TN. A music education major at East Tennessee State University, Ballenger marched mellophone with Southwind in 2019. At the same time, Ballenger also brings previous drum major experience at East Tennessee State. 
  • Elijah Bailey, Hot Springs, AR. A communication and political science major at the University of Arkansas, Bailey will be enjoying his first season in drum corps.
  • Logan Maxwell, Birmingham, AL. A composition major at Louisiana State University, Maxwell marched mellophone with Southwind in the 2018 and 2019 season.
  • Sam Weaver, St. Charles, MO. A music education major at Truman State University, 2020 will be Weaver’s first season in drum corps.

“We are off to a fantastic start this year,” remarked Lawrence LeClaire, Corps Director. “Not only have we filled almost all our battery and brass slots well ahead of previous years, but we had the largest slate of qualified drum major candidates ever. It was incredibly hard to narrow our choices down to just four.”

Throughout three audition camps, candidates were evaluated for their leadership skills both on the podium and in working with fellow corps members.

“At Southwind, we see ourselves as a youth organization that cultivates leadership, maturity, and life skills,” continued LeClaire. “We know these four fulfill our highest ideals when it comes to helping this corps be it’s very best on the field and off.”

Southwind is an Open Class drum and bugle corps based out of Mobile, Alabama. The corps is looking forward to its competitive summer tour throughout the South and Midwest, finishing its season at the Drum Corps International Championships, held this August in Indianapolis.