Not only is Caden Goodman the new senior drum major of the Stephenville High School Yellow Jacket Band, but he also plays the guitar in jazz band, plays the drums and is involved in choir.

Goodman said his summer was fun but busy as he got ready for his senior year.

“I had a lot of things going on not just with band, but other activities too,” he said. “The band directors send us to a camp every year at University of North Texas and it’s like a drum major camp. It was really awesome.”

Though Goodman is excited about becoming the drum major, his true passion lies with the jazz band.

“I love to play jazz music, it’s so much fun. It’s very different from what we get to play in concert band and I like to play guitar; it’s my favorite instrument,” he said. “So it’s the best of both worlds.”

After graduation Goodman wants to stay in his hometown and attend Tarleton State University.

“I guess the dream is to be in a rock band and tour around, but plan ‘B’ is to be a music or choral director,” he said with a laugh. “We’ll see where life takes me.”

Goodman loves to sing and is excited about his involvement in choir his senior year.

“It’s awesome. We have a new choir director (Arielle Sword) who’s been in Stephenville, but it’s her first year being the head choir director,” he said. “She’s doing awesome and it’s a lot of fun with her this year.”

As it is his last year at Stephenville High School, Goodman has experienced a lot and offers some good advice for those high school newbies.

“I think the biggest thing I struggled with my freshman year was finding a place where I really belonged with people that I love and my freshman year I just didn’t know what I was doing,” he said. “So to incoming freshmen or sophomores, the best thing to do is to find the group of friends that you love and that love you and stick with them. Don’t worry about being a popular person, be your natural self and people will love you for it.”