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Leopard Look: Braden Smotherman

'Band is my family and I couldn’t imagine college without it.'

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Braden Smotherman was one of the drum majors during the band's recent marching show,

Braden Smotherman was one of the drum majors during the band's recent marching show, "Chasing Shadows".

Stu Mair

Stu Mair

Braden Smotherman was one of the drum majors during the band's recent marching show, "Chasing Shadows".

Carson Buckner, Staff Reporter

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Looking Deeper:

The Red Ledger: How did you get involved in Lovejoy Band?

Braden Smotherman: I moved here my sophomore year and started summer band, August 1st, the day the moving truck arrived.

TRL: How long have you been conducting?

BS: I’ve been a drum major for two years. I moved to Lovejoy my sophomore year and

auditioned at the end of my first season here.

TRL: What is it like being at the front and center of the entire band?

BS: It has been a strange experience unlike any other I have had. I stepped onto the podium daily in a state of prayer with the intent of my position glorifying God rather than myself. The position has produced trials, but through them I’ve found endurance in my faith.

TRL: Are you going to continue band in college?

BS: Yes, I’ll participate in the marching band of my future university. Band is my family and I couldn’t imagine college without it.

TRL: What other activities do you do outside of band?

BS: I’m an active member of youth group and I’ve had the opportunity to speak twice in a ministry setting and it has been cool to see my leadership gifts transfer to furthering the kingdom in that way.

TRL: What’re you looking forward to after graduating?

BS: I’m looking forward to a new adventure at a place that is brand new to me. It brings opportunity for new relationships and growth.

TRL: What was your best experience as a student at LHS?

BS: My favorite memories involved the marching field. Seeing hours of hard work pay off as the student section cheered for the half time performance was always my favorite.

TRL: Looking back at high school, what is one thing you would change if you could?

BS: It’d be nice if the bathrooms of the school had water pressure and toilet paper. Other than that, Lovejoy has been pretty great.

TRL: How have you changed throughout your years at LHS?

BS: I’ve learned a lot from teachers who truly care about their students. There is more to students than grades and I’m thankful for those in my life who have shown that.

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