Student spotlight: Dexter’s Nevin drums up major support for the marching band

Jake Nevin says becoming one of this year’s drum majors has been the highlight of many highlights at Dexter High School. And when you’re “happy” highlights come often and true.

The 16-year-old senior is one of three students – along with Alex Schwartz and Michelle Hoang – standing tall in front of the talented Dexter HS marching band. And he is feeling right at home.

“The Dexter band is like a family,” said Nevin, the son of Robyn and Brad Nevin. “The Dexter HS marching band is a close nit group of very talented musicians which makes marching in it so special.”


Nevin, who also leads in the classroom with a 3.92 grade-point average, also is a member of the Dexter varsity soccer team – another talented group of Dexter students.

He also plays trumpet in the Dexter HS Symphonic Band and likes snowboarding and Formula 1.

But being the leader of this “group of talented musicians” is at the top of his proud list. “It’s a huge honor to be a leader of one of the best high school marching bands in Michigan,” he says.

It’s also a responsibility he takes seriously – when he’s not having fun.

“The drum major’s responsibility is to keep the band under control during rehearsals and lead them during performances,” he said. “We want to be better than we were last year and have a lot of fun.”

He also has some advice for the freshman members of the band.

“Don’t be afraid of upperclassmen and make friends with them,” he says.

He has simple goals after high school.

“I want to go to college and find a job that makes me happy,” he said.

Sounds like he’s pretty happy during his senior year at Dexter HS.

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