What made you choose ECU?
At first, it was for nursing school. We have one of the best programs in the country for nursing, and I had my sights on becoming either a physician's assistant or nurse anesthetist. That was my plan. But then I started thinking about music, and all that I had invested in it. I just couldn’t leave it. I had heard such great things about the marching band here, and that kind of sealed the deal for me. So at the very last minute, I auditioned for the School of Music here at ECU, and thankfully, I got in.
What would you tell a prospective student about ECU?
ECU gives you the tools—state of the art tools, in fact—but you have to use them. We have some of the best and the brightest minds in the world right here, and they will help you become anything you want to be. Beyond providing you with the opportunity to be successful, no university can do much more for you. So come here ready to work. And come here ready to serve. Because that is our motto here. I tell people that slaves serve because they have to, employees serve because they need to, and Pirates serve because they want to.
You are the head drum major of the Marching Pirates. What's that like?
As the head drum major of the Marching Pirates, I am the highest-ranking student leader of the largest student organization on campus. This has been my position for the past three years, and there is nothing I would rather be. Being head drum major is a very humbling and stressful position. A friend of mine once said, “Tremayne, not only do you conduct 220-plus members of the marching band at the football games, you are actually conducting more than 43,000 fans as well. When they sing the fight song, they are doing so based on the tempo you dictate with YOUR hands!” Apart from that huge responsibility, it is also a very technical position. I must keep the drum line in tempo so that the band stays in tempo while trying to ignore all the screaming fans. Also, I must remember the counts for each of the segments of our drill and must have the transitions spot on. It’s tough, but it’s worth it.
What is something about ECU you wish everyone could experience?
East Carolina football. There is nothing like it. People go to football games everywhere, but until you experience Pirate football, I don’t think you’ve had a true life experience.