Inside scoop of co-drum major
Dalton Beattie ’19, is a quintessential part of the Riverview High School Kiltie Band. Being co-drum major comes with a multitude of pressures and responsibilities.
The Kiltie Band is such an important aspect of Riverview’s tradition. The band has been in practice for 61 years, ever since the doors of RHS were opened. The band is known for its dynamic sound, choreography and love for music. Being a part of this band is not only an honor but also a big undertaking. And everyone, everywhere, recognizes the kilt and Scottish theme.
The RHS Kiltie Band practices an immense number of hours to entertain teachers, students and families during halftime at the football games. They practice two times a week, Tuesday nights and Thursday afternoons, with each practice being two hours long. Each practice is different, consisting of practicing on the field and perfecting their songs.
When Beattie talks about the best parts of being in the band, he explains “the best part of band is the friends you make and how we are a giant family.” He also explained the hard aspects of being such a core leader of the band.
“We have a lot of pressure on us for each show, and we love the support from the crowd. The hardest part of being a leader is taking control of the group instead being told what to do and how to do it,” he said.
Beattie also wanted to give a shoutout to his co-drum major, Maddie Hastie.
“She’s amazing and deserves a shoutout. She has the same position as me, and we both work together very well, and I am fortunate to have such a hardworking and talented co-drum major,” he said.
Beattie said if it were not for the two drum majors leading the marchers, the Kiltie Band dynamic would be very different. Other than being such an integral part of the band, Beattie is very involved in other aspects of RHS. He has a leadership role in National Honor Society. However, he still makes time for his band commitments.
The band is so important to the RHS traditions because without their performance and charisma, the Riverview culture wouldn’t be the same. They give us entertainment, as well as spirit for the Ram Nation. The RHS football games would not be complete without the flawless performance and melodies by the Kiltie band. Beattie says it’s all part of the band’s tradition.