Michelle Hoang can hit the high note with a single word. When the Dexter senior was asked to describe the Dexter High School marching band in one word she said “family.”
“The highlight for being in the band for me is just being together with the entire band and learning the entire show together,” she said. “Also, just bonding together with a bunch of different people over marching band.”
Hoang, 17, is one of three drum majors for the Dexter marching band this season. The daughter of Phat and Caroline Hoang, Michelle has been in the band all four years and also plays the French Horn in the DHS Symphonic Band.
She is enjoying her senior year in the marching band.
“It’s a pretty traditional band and the way that we run our band is different than other bands,” she says. “We want to be better than we were last year and for everyone in band to be closer together and enjoy marching band.”
Being the drum major is an important leadership role she takes seriously.
“It means being a leader and setting a good example,” said Hoang, who also plays tennis and enjoys art. “A lot of people in the band look up to the drum majors. There are a lot of responsibilities as drum major but I don’t mind them since it’s helping the band.”
She does have some advice for the many young freshman taking their first steps with the marching band.
“It’s okay to not be the best or perfect at marching or playing the first year as long as you are trying and improving,” she says.
That’s advice she gives to herself as well in everything she does.
“After high school I plan on going to a good college and get a good job that I’ll enjoy,” she says. “I’d also love to travel around the world after high school.”