Dream Finally Comes True
by Carey Jacobs
His dream began in fall of 1993, when a little boy would set in the stands
and cheer for his aunt as she was leading the “Pride of Walker
County” onto the field for their half time show. He knew then,
at only two and a half, that he would one day lead the band also. He
would tell his mom, “I want to be a dum major.”
Back then the homecoming parade would end in the Food World parking lot
for a pep rally. He was over on the side directing where no one could
see him. I could only imagine that in his little mind he was dreaming
of the one day that he would do it to. That day I had the honor of letting
him help me direct the fight song.
Then almost 15 yrs later, I get the honor of tell people that MY nephew
got his dream and he is the 2008-2009 drum major of Dora high school
band.So now it is MY honor to tell you about my nephew and how his dream
came true. Daniel Bussey is the fourth of our family to march with the
His Mom’s oldest sister Rachel Oden Bradford marched the flute
in the band from 1981-1985. His Mom’s youngest sister C.J. Oden
Jacobs marched the flute and was drum major from 1991-1994. His Mom march
a mellophone and played French horn during concert band from 1988-1991.
So it was only fitting that when his mom and dad, (Wanda and Scott Bussey)
moved back to Alabama, after living in Tennessee, Germany, and Georgia
that when he got to high school he would go to Dora. When he was in the
sixth grade, he started beginner band. He decided he wanted to play trumpet
and used his mom’s old trumpet.
He started marching his eighth grade year. He has had many things put
on him since he has been in the band. One time he was told if you don’t
go to Florida the band does not go to Florida.
He has also had some honors. He had a solo his sophomore year and a duet
his junior year. Daniel was always a great addition on the field with
his marching and playing abilities but he still had his dream of becoming
drum major. He did not try out the end of his sophomore year, because
he had been told he would not get it. He had only one chance to make
it and that would the auditions at the end of his junior year for his
Senior year. I received one of the first calls when he made it. It was
hard to believe that 15 yrs down the road another person from my family
would stand on the podium as drum major. I am proud of the young gentleman
he has become. It is hard to believe they grow up so fast. So this year
as the band takes the field it will not be a little boy cheering on his
aunt, it will be a proud aunt cheering on her nephew.