Pease drumming up interest
by Andrew Shurtleff
Pease, new director of bands, met students in Old Cabell Hall
Sept. 24 to discuss U.Va.s new marching band.
By Jane Ford
Pease has a game plan for U.Va.s new marching band, but
coming up with the plays will be up to the students.
a visit to Grounds in late September, Pease told more than 50
students that he is looking to them and others to take leadership
will be involved in all areas: deciding when practices are held;
acting as section leaders, color guard captains and drum majors;
designing drills; selecting and composing music; helping select
instruments; setting up a Web site; writing the rule book; and
helping decide what the uniforms will look like.
am about student leadership, he said.
emphasized good attitude along with student leadership as the
keys to making the band a success.
sounded good to first-year Woody Wingfield, who waited until the
last days of April before deciding which school to attend. I
was leaning toward [James Madison University] or [Virginia] Tech
because they have bands, he said. When he heard U.Va. was
starting a marching band, there was no question in his mind where
he would go. This [U.Va.] was the decision, he said.
also laid out his vision. The band will not be all music majors,
but instead the largest percentage will be nonmajors.
expects band members will span a range of abilities, from those
who play at a high-school-band level to semiprofessionals. Im
the educator. Its my job to teach them, to make them better,
also expects students to work hard and be efficient. He emphasized
that there will be no extra practices.
come first, he said.
asked about styles of marching, the possibility of joining a national
service fraternity and whether there would be a summer camp.
with a seven- to 10-day pre-season practice session, Pease told
prospective members the band will be treated like the athletes.
Housing and meals will be paid for during summer practice. When
travel to away games is required, transportation and meals will
not be out-of-pocket expenses. No fund raising would be required,
he told them.
important that you feel special on Grounds, he said.
went on to talk about the bands job to keep
things going no matter whether the team is winning or losing.
You need to get the whole crowd going at the same time, in unison.
envisions a pregame program, a halftime program and songs between
A college marching band is the identifying factor,
he said. Its all about the spirit and making it happen.
Pease concluded the meeting, he added, I hope it becomes
a big family and something you are proud to be part of.
15 students grouped around Pease at the end of the session, eager
to be part of the planning process.
student David Broom is totally pumped. The addition of a
marching band is amazing. It will raise the spirit [at the games].