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Sophomore Jane Doran Named Youngest Drum Major in RHS History

Robert Davidson
Sophomore Drum Major Jane Doran (left) conducts the Marching Rams alongside Riley Brown at the NJMEA Marching Bands Festival, held in Wayne Valley on Oct. 21, 2023.

When sophomore Jane Doran was named a drum major for the RHS Marching Band after auditioning in the spring of 2023, she became the youngest student in the high school’s history to hold that important leadership position.

“I have a lot of experience with band and music,” Doran said, when explaining how she landed the prized position at such a young age. “I began playing the alto saxophone in fourth grade and have been involved in both concert ensembles and jazz band since sixth grade. I am also a member of the RHS Symphonic Orchestra.”

As a drum major, Doran is responsible for conducting the RHS Marching Band, often by using hand motions in down, in, out and up patterns. “Both of my siblings were a part of the Marching Band, and I have always looked up to them,” she shared. “This inspired me to want to live up to their band career.”

Drum major is the highest student leadership position in Marching Band. Doran and fellow drum major Riley Brown direct the entire ensemble. To become a drum major at RHS, applicants must write a “why” essay, attend leadership and conducting workshops throughout the spring and conduct and instruct other students in live auditions for the band staff.

“Jane is a great fit as one of our drum majors because of her tenacity and commitment to the band program, Music Teacher Nicholas Fantazzi said. “She is always lending a helping hand and is a great role model for our younger students.”

Doran and Brown conduct at football games, band competitions and rehearsals. They are responsible for setting up the equipment needed for rehearsals and representing the band at awards ceremonies. “With us both being new drum majors it has definitely been a challenge, but we have learned a lot and it’s been really fun,” Brown said.

“I am so grateful to serve the band and have fun throughout the season as a leader and doing something I love,” Doran added.

About the Contributor
Amelia Kolbik, Staff Reporter
Sophomore Amelia Kolbik is excited to be a first-year Staff Reporter for Rampage. Not only does she write for Rampage, but she is also enrolled in Mrs. Finnell's Journalism I class. In school, Amelia is part of Key Club, Future Educators and Team Harmony. She also participates in Girls Soccer, Ice Hockey and Lacrosse for Randolph.  
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