Connor Watkins is a junior at Blue Springs South High School. He is one of two drum majors of the Jaguar Pride Marching Band. Wednesday, in front of his fellow band members, Watkins got his trademark long, curly hair cut in preparation for the band’s first competition Saturday in Carrollton, Mo.

Connor Watkins is a junior at Blue Springs South High School. He is one of two drum majors of the Jaguar Pride Marching Band. Wednesday, in front of his fellow band members, Watkins got his trademark long, curly hair cut in preparation for the band’s first competition Saturday in Carrollton, Mo.
 

1 Why did you get your hair cut? I wanted to look more official. I have to take my hat off during competition, and in order to fit it under the hat, I have to put it in ponytails. That does not look very good, so I decided to cut it.

2 How long has it been since you last cut your hair? I don’t think anyone has seen me with short hair in probably five to six years, so this is kind of a big deal. People really like my hair, and there are a lot of those who are sad to see it get cut.  

 3 Why did you want to become drum major? I thought it would be really cool to help the band march on to greater things. I play trombone during concert season, so this is a change for me. I wanted to help out as much as I can to make the marching band even better.

4 Do you prefer marching band or concert band? I would have to say probably marching band, but I really enjoy both. Each presents different challenges, and I learn a lot in whatever band I am in. But I do really like being a member of the marching band.

5 Are you nervous about the first competition of this year? Yes. There is a lot of pressure on me not to mess up. If I screw up, then I might mess everyone else up too, and I don’t want to do that. There is a lot on your shoulders when you are a drum major, and I want to make sure we perform our absolute best.