Drum major 'wows' judges

Henryetta senior drum major, Zachery Dickey, took home the first place 3A drum major trophy at Saturday's annual Blue and Gray competition in Glenpool.

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The Henryetta Knight Brigade is marching to the top. 

On Saturday, the band brought home 3A second place from the annual Blue and Gray contest hosted in Glenpool. In addition, senior Zachery Dickey earned the first place drum major award. 

Dickey is the son of Ginny Parker, and his grandparents include Blanche and Jerry Dickey. He has participated in band for eight years. 

“I originally got involved because of my mother and grandpa,” he said. “Hearing all of their crazy band stories got me intrigued with the topic of music as a whole, and I instantly fell in love with it.”

As drum major, Dickey said his roles include learning all the band's shows, along with their music.

“It requires tremendous studious efforts on my parts,” he said. “After this I have to figure out how to excerpt the music from myself and put it in front of everyone so not only the band understands, but that the audience enjoys it as well.”

The job is not always easy.

“Some days it feels as though the weight of the world is on your shoulders when a practice isn't going as well as planned or if a show goes awry,” Dickey said. “But the best part would be the feeling of the gift you are giving others. I'm not only here to teach the band music and marching techniques, but to also build the next generations of leaders as well.”

Dickey performs his duties in addition to training in martial arts and cheering. 

Despite his busy schedule, he was able to lead the band to victory at the Glenpool competition. 

The band performed pieces from Ray Charles, including “What'd I say,” “Green Onions” and “Hit the Road Jack.”

“All of those songs have a very jazz and upward vibe that really makes you want to get up on your feet,” Dickey explained. 

After graduation, Dickey plans on attending Oklahoma City University on a cheer scholarship, while studying pre-med. Afterward, he plans on entering the field of advanced neural sciences. 

He thanked band director Alan Montgomery and the rest of the band for contributing to his success.

“I would just like to say how proud I am of the band as a whole for the hard work they put in,” Dickey said. “I'd like to give a huge thanks to all the band parents and Mr. Montgomery. We couldn't do what we do if it weren't for you guys.”

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