Mark Jessup, Head Drum Major of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band leads the Band for the first time during Parent’s weekend where thousands come to support their children and the Aggie Spirit. There is no place on earth like College Station Texas, said Mark. Mark is an A-Battery which is a part of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets that is highly focused on academics.
Each spring, the drum major candidates undergo a rigorous selection process that encompasses various components of each cadet’s participation in the band. This includes, but does not limit, the candidates’ individual academic performances, their experience in, and contributions to, the band since they became a member as well as their command presence, integrity, respect among their fellow bandsmen and how they represent themselves, the Corps of Cadets and the Aggie Band.
The second portion of the tryout requires each candidate to lead the band through a basic drill designed by the directors to test their skills on instruction, voice quality, uniform appearance, marching ability, baton control and accuracy in conducing and whistle signals.
Final selection is made by a committee of the band directors, the current drum majors and the commander designate for the following year.
The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band is the largest military marching band in the United States. Approximately 350 cadets are members of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band Who train, live, eat and are housed together as a unit of the Corps of Cadets.