Assistant Drum Major

Website Rainbow City Marching Band

Title                     Assistant Drum Major

Reports to          Ensemble Director – Rainbow City Marching Band


The Assistant Drum Major (ADM) plays a crucial role in supporting the Drum Major (DM) and ensuring the band’s success during performances. The ADM collaborates closely with the DM to maintain high musical standards, foster a positive environment, and lead the band with confidence.


  1. Assistance in Rehearsals and Performances:
    1. Works closely with the DM during rehearsals and performances.
    2. Leads sections of the band when necessary.
    3. Ensures smooth transitions and effective communication.
  2. Conducting and Signals:
    1. Learns and executes conducting patterns.
    2. Signals percussion sections for roll-offs, cues, and tempo changes during parades and standing performance.
  3. Leadership and Motivation:
    1. Encourages band members to give their best.
    2. Boosts morale and maintain a positive atmosphere.
    3. Sets an example of professionalism and dedication.
  4. Ensemble Communication:
    1. Relays instructions from the DM to band members.
    2. Assists in coordinating logistics during performances.
    3. Fosters clear communication within the band.
  5. Emergency Preparedness:
    1. Becomes familiar with emergency procedures during parades and events.
    2. Assists in keeping the band safe and organized.
  6. Uniform: Wears the full uniform when visible as a leader in public and during performances.
  7. Utilizes effective communication and interpersonal skills that align with and support the organization’s Mission and Core Values.
  8. Complies with the organization’s by-laws, policies, procedures, and member covenants; seeks clarification and guidance as necessary.


  • Passion for music and performance.
  • Experience in marching bands or similar ensembles.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure.
  • Commitment to inclusivity and teamwork.


  • Work involves walking, talking, and hearing; using hands to handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.
  • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee may be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry objects up to 35 pounds.
  • The noise level in the work environment is varies but can be loud while ensemble is performing.

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

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