• OSU drum major: set goals

    • By Candace Preston-Coy, ThisWeek Newspaper
    • December 11, 2002

    The air in the Britton Elementary gym was full of energy Friday afternoon as the student body waited for a special guest.

    Ann Brown the school's physical education teacher, put on a CD, recognizable by any Buckeye fan, and all eyes were glued to the gym door in anticipation of the "ramp" entrance of Adam Prescott, drum major of the Ohio State Marching Band.

    Prescott didn't disappoint the students, strutting his way across the gym floor, stopping and bending backwards until the feather of his hat touched the floor, the trademark move for any OSU drum major.

    Brown invited him to talk to the student body after she saw him perform at the first Buckeye football game this fall.

    "I was blown away by his athleticism," she said. In class, Brown emphasizes the importance of fitness, not just for athletes but for all people – including students.

    "His ability hits on all the factors of fitness," she said.

    also sees what Prescott does as an 'alternative sport I think it's important for them to see there is something else out there in addition to competitive sports."

    Prescott, a fourth-year junior at OSU from northeast Ohio, is in his second year as drum major. Joining him at Britton was assistant drum major Kathryn Mitchell, a graduate of Centennial High School in Columbus and freshman Alex Neffenger, a member of the drum major training squad who graduated from Northland High School.

    'Do we have any Ohio State fans?" Prescott asked the kids, and the majority of hands went up. When he asked if there were any Michigan fans, a few timidly raised their hands.

    He talked to the students about the athleticism needed for his position and the importance of flexibility, which he gets from stretching and from gymnastics classes. As drum major, Prescott is the leader of the band.

    "Leadership is a real important thing," he said. "You're very lucky to have teachers who bring people here to talk to you. You can learn great lessons that way"

    When he asked students what goals were, one student said they were a score in soccer, while another said they were something you worked on.

    Another student said, "It's something you set to try to achieve," which Prescott said was a close as you can get to a definition.

    Prescott lived his life through a "five goal philosophy," which he said he works on everyday.

    The first is to strive to do his best in his course work. Someone may be the greatest athlete in the school, but if he has poor grades, he won't get a chance to play, he said.

    He also told the students to appreciate their teachers and what they are trying to teach them.

    His second goal is to keep himself physically fit and in good health.

    He talked about eating the right foods and getting enough exercise.

    "I know it's tempting to come home from school and play video games, but you need to make sure you exercise too," he told them.

    His third goal is have good social relationships with his friends and family, and his forth is to be financially stable.

    His fifth had been to become the drum major at OSU. When that happened last year, he changed it and vowed, "to make a mark on that position" by doing some things that hadn't been done before.

    "I'm going to recruit everyone of you for the OSU band," he told the students.

    Then it was time for a "mini-script Ohio" and fourth grade teacher Tonya Miller-Thomas was chosen to dot the I. Prescott finished his visit with demonstrations of his twirling abilities and told the students he expected to hear "a roar from Ohio" when the Buckeyes play Jan. 3 in the Fiesta Bowl.