Beard wins drum major award

CHARLESTON — Rantoul Township High School marching band drum major Ocean Beard earned first place in the drum major category at the recent Eastern Illinois University Marching Band competition while leading the Marching Eagles.

Beard has been to the Smith-Walbridge drum major camp for the past two years and was the understudy for the drum major her junior year.

She was chosen to be the drum major this year and works on those skills everyday no matter her schedule.

Beard has been a music aficionado her entire life.

She has played the clarinet, trombone and trumpet in the school band while also playing the ukulele and guitar.  

She has also been part of the choir and madrigals as well as participating in all of the school plays and musicals.

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