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Drum Major Application

MLK Drum Major Award

“Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; sayMartin Luther King, Jr. Pencil drawing
that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness… We all have the
drum major instinct.”

Excerpt from The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s
"Drum Major Instinct" sermon,
given on February 4, 1968.

Drum Major Award

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Award for community service is based on nominees who selflessly perform daily acts of service to make their community—and our world— a better place. The award was created by the Great Lakes Bay Regional MLK Celebration event committee, and the honorees are selected from Bay, Midland and Saginaw counties.

Eligibility Drum Major

2017 Recipients

2016 Recipients

2015 Recipients

Freddie Jones, 2015 Drum Major Award Recipient, Bay City

Freddie Jones
Bay County

Aladia Mazique, 2015 Drum Major Award Recipient, Bay City

Aladia Mazique
Bay County

Teresa Stitt, 2015 Drum Major Award Recipient, Saginaw

Teresa Stitt
Saginaw County

Betty Jones, 2015 Drum Major Award Recipient, Midland

Betty Jones
Midland County

  • Brandon Murphy Brandon Murphy

    Bay City Department of Public Safety, Bay County

  • Billy Strawter Billy Strawter

    EnviCare Consulting, Inc. (president and owner), a pastor, author, and food consultant, Midland County

  • Odail Thorns Odail Thorns

    Retired Director of Development, city of Saginaw, Saginaw County

  • Kevin Kendricks, vice president of global security for Dow Corning Corporation
Kevin Kendricks

    Vice President of Global Security for Dow Corning Corporation Drum Major, Midland County

  • Joan Douglas, retired educator Joan Douglas

    Retired Educator Drum Major, Saginaw County

  • John Smith, retired educator, Bay City John Smith

    Retired Educator Drum Major, Bay City