Meet Leanna Begley
Posted on Monday, August 29, 2011 [8:58 PM]
Leanna Begley of Lebanon, Ky., has two goals as field
commander of the 2011-12 Blue Raider Marching Band: earn a 4.0
grade point average as an accounting major and be the kind of field
commander "everyone looks up to." A flutist by training, she also
plays in the LWC Concert Band.
Why did you want to be LWC field
BEGLEY: All through high school, I always wanted to be
field commander. I never got that chance, and I felt like I could
make a big influence on the college level if I got that
What do you like most about being in the Blue Raider
BEGLEY: I like the family. You meet so many good people
and a lot of cool friends. It's a really fun atmosphere to be
around. It's exciting. We have all of our little cheers we do, and
we try to get the crowd involved in our cheers and little ditties
that we play.
What's the hardest part of a field commander's
BEGLEY: Staying on beat. They are all relying on me to
start correctly and end correctly -- and stay on tempo so we don't
drag or fall apart.
What's your favorite song the band performs this
BEGLEY: "Everybody's Everything" (by Santana).
What's the one thing people don't realize that goes
into a marching band?
BEGLEY: I don't think people realize how many hours of
practice we put in, the diligence, hard work and the perseverance.
… Mr. Allen wants us to be the best we can be, so I don't think
people realize how much we have to practice.
What's your most memorable moment so far with the
Blue Raider Marching Band?
BEGLEY: Last Saturday (Aug. 27) at Mark Twain, it was
awesome. We had so many people tell us how well we did and how good
we sounded. It was exciting just to hear all of the people
screaming for us.
What's a song you would like to see incorporated
into the band's repertoire?
BEGLEY: I like anything that's Journey-related. I really
like that band. I really wish we would do a Journey show some day
because I really like Journey.
What's your favorite song to play on
BEGLEY: I really like Christmas music, so I really like
to play "The First Noel."
Click here to read the preivew about the
2011-12 Blue Raider Marching Band.