Meet Our 2021 Drum Majors
The Battalion recently held auditions for the 2021 drum major team during the corps' virtual auditions earlier this spring. Four drum majors were selected to lead the corps back on the field after the cancellation of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The corps will be led by head drum major and fourth-year member Everett Shryock and first-year members Taryn Tibbs, Hunter LaFreniere, and Reece Davis.
"Every year I'm increasingly blown away by the talent of our prospective drum major candidates," said Program Director Mark Hartman. "This year's team is incredibly special and is absolutely the right fit to lead this corps out of our pandemic-related hiatus and back to the field as we hit the road to showcase our corps across the state at our series of exhibition events. I can't wait to get started working with this team!"
Check out their bios below to learn more about our drum major team!
Everett Shryock (Head Drum Major)
Everett Shryock is a third-year music education major at Colorado State University, where he serves as the baritone section leader. Everett has been a visual tech at Fossil Ridge High School for the 2018 and 2019 marching seasons. He spent the last three years at The Battalion as a member of the euphonium section in 2017 and 2018, and most recently on the drum major team in 2019. 2021 will be Everett’s age-out season.
Personal Statement: "The Battalion has given me and so many others life changing opportunities. It is a special and unique corps where we not only learn how to be great musicians, but how to be great people. I am excited and honored to help this corps take another step on its journey to being a household name in the drum corps community and beyond. I hope to leave a lasting impact on this corps and for future generations to come."
Taryn Tibbs (Assistant Drum Major)
Taryn Tibbs is a senior at Western Colorado University where she is studying Music Education with
emphases in flute and saxophone performance. She also works as a Student Ambassador, is a member
of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa, and is the president of Western’s
National Association for Music Education chapter. 2021 will be Taryn’s first season as a member of The
Battalion, and she is excited to develop her skills as a leader and conductor, and serve The Battalion
Personal Statement: "I am incredibly honored to have found a home as a member of The Battalion, and I
am extremely grateful for the opportunity to spend my first and age-out year in DCI as a leader for this
organization. In a year that has presented many challenges, I am excited to help the members of The
Battalion have the best, most rewarding experience possible."
Hunter LaFreniere (Assistant Drum Major)
Hunter LaFreniere is a freshman at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia where he is majoring in music education with a minor in jazz studies. Primarily a clarinet player, he has performed with various ensembles such as the JMU Wind Symphony, the Virginia All-State Symphonic Band, the William and Mary Wind Ensemble, and the Williamsburg-James City County Jazz Ensemble. He was drum major for 2 years at Warhill High School in Williamsburg, VA, and the 2021 season will be his first year with The Battalion.
Personal Statement: “Even though this is my first year with the corps, I am confident that we will have a meaningful season given our reduced time together. I am honored to be able to be a part of such a great corps, and I will strive to better myself so that I may serve the corps to the best of my abilities."
Reece Davis (Assistant Drum Major)
Reece Davis is a senior at Palisade High School from Palisade, Colorado. He was drum major for his high school marching band and also performed with the symphonic band, wind ensemble, and jazz band. Aside from conducting, Reece also plays baritone saxophone and enjoys skiing and spending time in the wonderful outdoors of Colorado.
Personal Statement: “I can't wait to take the field with The Battalion this year, I know that we can make it one of the best summers yet!"