Photo credit to Stephanie Whalen who did an awesome job.
What are you most excited for this year?
"I think I'm most excited for our new stands charts and we're going to try some different things with marching to make the show even better!"
What are some things you'd like to improve on this year?
"I'd like to improve on playing in time together and also getting everyone in tune from top to bottom."
What do you think was our biggest problem last year?
"Playing rhythmically as a group, tuning between sections, and knowing when to change directions on the field."
Now onto some get-to-know Mr. Galyen questions.
What's your hazing story?
Tim Galyen as drum major of Midlothian High School Marching Band (go Trojans!)
"Well, when I was in high school the Seniors gave it to the Freshman pretty bad. They would come to our rooms in the middle of the night, wake us up, and make us come out into the hall of the dorm. They'd blindfold us and take us up to the farthest away field at Ferrum, known as 'Heaven'. They would saran wrap freshman in pairs back to back, scream and yell, and spray whipped cream all over us. HOWEVER, they ran out of blindfolds when they got to me and my roommate so they left us in our room but we knew we were in for something the next day! I think we got a better deal, because the next day all they did was take us into one of the upperclassmen girls rooms and put gel in our hair and make up on our faces. We looked like pretty little princesses. We had to walk around like that for the rest of the day and got a lot of weird looks from the other bands at camp. That was definitely a different time, chaperons were in on the 'fun' and the band director didn't seem to mind. Don't get any ideas because nowadays we don't put up with that kind of craziness!"
When did you decide to be a teacher?
"I decided to be a teacher during my first year of college. I went in undecided so all I was taking were math, English and science classes. I was in the marching band and when marching season ended I realized how much I missed being able to play my sax every day! That made me realize that I wanted to pass that love of music along to whoever I could and become a band director!"
What is a random marching band memory that comes to mind?
Drum Majors Sara Jones (left) and Hannah Martin (right) 2009-2010
Marching the British Rock show at Lane Stadium Championship game '09
"One of my favorite marching band memories is taking the band to Lane Stadium at Virginia Tech for the State Championship Football Game. I was so proud to have the band I was directing march on the same field I marched in through college. One other memory is watching this one student just go bonkers during 'Hardware'. He would flail his arms and hair all around and for years after that it was known as the 'Dowdy Dance' (that was his last name). Now it's caught on and everyone in the band does it but we just call it 'Hardware' and it seems perfectly normal, but you can thank Jonathan Dowdy for that addition to our traditions!"
How have you enjoyed marching band over the years?
"Marching Band is one of the funnest parts of teaching band. It's something I look forward to every year. The music is always something cool and I never get tired of it by the end of the year. I think I enjoy marching season as much as the students do."