The Bluffton University Pep Band, the music department’s newest ensemble, made its debut this year playing at football games to add excitement to the game and pump up the crowd. Rob Young, a senior music education major, decided to start a pep band that would perform at athletic events, like football as well as men’s and women’s basketball games.
Under the direction of Young, the Pep Band includes a mix of music majors and non-music majors who love to play their instruments. They play popular music and stand tunes in between plays and during timeouts, as well as before the game and during halftime.
Patrick Tea, a first-year physics major, enjoys playing in the band, and knows that the crowd has enjoyed the pep band, too.
“Hearing compliments from people about doing good and knowing that they’re glad we’re there is rewarding,” Tea said.
For the future, Tea has hopes for the band and its growth.
“A bigger band and more popular music to learn would be two great goals,” Tea said.
Tea added that it would be a “better incentive” for prospective students if the band grew in the future, too.
The Pep Band practices 4-5pm on Fridays and an hour before the athletic event they expect to play at. Due to occasional conflicts, the band performs at most athletic football and basketball games.
Story by: Caitlin Nearhood