“But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for My name.” (Acts 9:15-16)
Perhaps some of us never gave much thought to drum majors being anything but leaders of marching bands. Unbeknownst to me there is more to their roles. “‘A drum major’s job is to carry out the instructions of the band director and other instructional staff regarding what needs to be done with the band.
Additional duties include setting standards for discipline, bearing, and conduct for the members of the band to follow, and getting the band out to the rehearsal area and into proper formation ready to begin rehearsal.
They also take the band through warm-up exercises, lead the band in performances and assist with teaching other members of the band how to march. They signal percussion section to roll-off to play during parades and act as the band’s representative at award ceremonies and special functions.
Drum majors have a good understanding of the music being performed by the full ensemble. They are skilled as a field conductor and have developed a high level of skill with a drum major baton or mace, have exceptional marching technique, and their vocal commands are loud and easily understood.
They are highly responsible and reliable and are dedicated to having the band succeed. They work well with both the band director and the membership of the band and they know how to teach and assist other members of the band.
They have the ability to inspire the band in performance. They assist directors in organizational and administrative tasks like chairs and stands in the band room, straightening up any band area, etc.'”
Sadly, there are wolves in sheep clothing amongst us to divide congregations of God’s people with their deceit and lack of biblical foundations; therefore, we should not act like a Christian but act like Christ.
Are we marching in the gospel of Christ as a bright light in this dark world, and are we loudly vocalizing His gospel to ensure it is easily understood? Are we as fervent in our spiritual drum major role and responsibilities as secular drum majors are? Do we carry out biblical instructions of GOD, the only Director who gave us instructions to get from earth to glory?
Regardless of our circumstances are we going through spiritual warm up exercises such as Bible studies, meditation and prayer? Are we performing in teaching other members of the flock how to flee wiles of the devil? Are we responsible, knowledgeable and reliable with spreading biblical truth through various ways of evangelism?
Secular drum majors are easily identified by their uniforms? Can we be easily identified as converted Christians? Or is a name tag required?
Are we developing high level of biblical knowledge, understanding, wisdom and obedience to maintain our skills and abilities as spiritual drum majors? Are we dedicated to helping others succeed in becoming spiritual drum majors for Christ? Do we work well with church leadership to carry out biblical instructions in the Lord’s Body?
My husband’s last week’s Bible study discussion was about Christians being an accessory to sin. The question he asked was “Are you an accessory to sin?” This was a great reminder for me to honestly examine myself to see if I, no one else, am performing my roles and responsibilities as a spiritual drum major for Christ.
What about you? Can GOD say you are His chosen and faithful instrument carrying out His biblical instructions in proclaiming the gospel of Jesus with no respect of person?
Spiritual Drum Majors (The Bible)
Secular Drum Majors (Drum Major Job Description – Pebblebrook Bands)