Jacob St. Pierre named Spirit of Northwestern drum major

Published 5:17 am Saturday, December 14, 2019

NATCHITOCHES – The Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band named Jacob St. Pierre of LaPlace as a drum major for the 2020-21 academic year.

“Our drum majors are an integral part of the Spirit of Northwestern,” said Assistant Director of Bands Daniel McDonald. “They hold the top student leadership position in the entire band. Throughout the year, they work very closely with the directors on building the band through leadership training, recruitment, the band handbook, our visual training and a whole plethora of other activities. They are constantly in front of the band and are the students that best represent the qualities we strive for in our band program.”

St. Pierre is a junior music education major and graduate of Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie. He plays trombone and been a section leader for the past two years.

“When doing my college search, I learned about NSU’s fantastic music education program. I heard about the ‘Best Sounding Band in the Land’ and I knew I wanted to be a part of this band,” said St. Pierre. “While working this summer at the NSU drum major camp, I realized how much I missed being drum major in high school and wanted to do it again for SON.”

The first gameday performance for St. Pierre as a drum major is nine months away, but he is already thinking about it.

“I am looking forward to participating in the Spirit of Northwestern’s drum major tradition of leading pregame, which is one of the most public features of the drum majors that the public sees,” said St. Pierre.

New drum majors see their roles as both leadership and service.

For more information on the Spirit of Northwestern, visit https://capa.nsula.edu/music/spirit-of-northwestern/.