March right. March left. The directions may sound simple, but Holly Schnell, senior drum major for Fallston Senior High School's marchingband, knows better.
This year, she helped teach a crop of freshmen how to march and to move in sync as a group on the football field.
"You wouldn't believe how many people come up with no concept of their right or left," says Holly, who graduates next month. "It took so much work. But you do it slow once. Slow again, and then with the music. You get results instantly."
She's so enthusiastic as she discusses how she learned to teach people to march that it's easy to understand why she wants to become a teacher after graduating from Frostburg State College, where she's enrolled for fall classes.
Her involvement in school activities goes beyond the marching band.
While maintaining a 3.46 grade point average, Holly also committed herself to playing keyboard in the school's Jazz Band, and working as editor for the seniors' section in the Yearbook Club.
Holly became a drum major in her junior year, and says she quickly learned there was more to the drum major's job than teaching students to march or creating a half-time show.
In short, it wasn't a frivolous job; it was alot of responsibility.
"I was very strict my first year as a drummajor, because I had to make an identity for myself," says Holly, explaining that holding the attention of 45 students -- and getting them to walk in the same direction -- is sometimes hard.
"I even mademy boyfriend do laps. There's some feeling of power, but you've got to keep that under control. I was less strict this year, because mostof them knew what I expected and I knew what to expect."
Knowing what to expect also can make a difference scholastically, Holly says.
This year, she's repeating trigonometry because she received a D in the subject -- her first ever -- last year.
"I got the first D of my life last year," said Holly. "I had a cow!"
She was upset, but she decided not to give up on the subject. "I decided to take it over this year," she said. "When I was asked to be a tutor, that was super. I wasn't very good at trig, but I could help someone by learning from the mistakes I made last year. I could say, 'I know what you're going through.' "