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Chapman High School Drum Major, Alexandria Preciado Sain

Performing Arts Q & A with CARMA (Chicks Advocating Regional Music and Arts)

Alison: Why did you want to join band?

Alexandria: I wanted to join band for as long as I could remember. I used to live behind the Boiling Springs football stadium and I would stand outside my house for hours while the football games was going on. I can still remember hearing the band playing and I said I wanted to do that.

Alison: Which instruments do you play?

Alexandria:My main instrument is trumpet, but I have tried to play clarinet and saxophone; I can’t play them as good as the trumpet.

Alison: When did you start studying music?

Alexandria:I started studying music in the 6th grade with Kevin Horton at New Prospect Elementary. But I used to sing all the time at church with my grandfather ever since I could walk.

Alison: What’s your show theme this year?

Alexandria:Our show theme this year is Belonging. It is based on of the video “Identity”. It is with being bullied and being different.

Alison: What’s your favorite part of the show?

Alexandria:My favorite part is probably the music and how it’s different from anything we have done since I have been here.

Alison: What has been the most rewarding part of your experience as drum major?

Alexandria:Seeing the show coming together so fast! As of mid August, we already have two of our shows on the field and we have started on the last one. We can march and play the first tune also.

Alison: What music do your listen to for fun?

Alexandria:I listen to all kinds of music. I really don’t hate a type of music. I just click Pandora and whatever is on is what I listen to.

Alison: What are your plans after high school?

Alexandria:After high school, I hope to be making my way to college and become a registered nurse, and then maybe go on to be an anesthesiologist.

Alison: What are your fondest musical memories?

Alexandria:I have performed on Your Carolina which was really fun..Jack Roper played with us and he’s really funny. Another memory is my 9th grade year. We were upper state champions and we got 3rd in the State. I didn’t know that it was a big deal and now that I look back at it, I wish I had been more excited and happier about our win.
I had a solo last year and one of the judges said I had a great horn quality and the thought I was a horn player, but then turned around and saw a trumpet and then was so surprised!

Alison: Who are a few musicians you admire?

Alexandria:I admire my directors of course for being the amazing people they are. Sometimes we have our differences but mostly we are all joking around. I don’t believe Chapman’s band would be where they are now if it wasn’t for Horton, Woff, and Ard.

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Alison Hughey, Contributor

Alison has been involved in performing arts throughout her life. She is a graduate of Converse College & a music therapist. She also serves as the Vice President of Carma, Inc. Alison covers Upstate Performing Arts stories for Upstate Exposures. Contact her at

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Alexandria Preciado
Job Title
Drum Major
Chapman High School Marching Band

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