Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Track Band

"So...  What is this "track band" thing I see on the schedule?"  Second in the series of general information blog posts is an answer and explanation to this often-posed question.  And lucky for you it's a short and easy answer.

Track Band is pretty much exactly as it sounds - a pep band style organization that performs at football games on the track in front of the home crowd.  Here are some bullet points:

  • It is not required for students to participate in track band
  • We encourage all students to give it a try at some point
  • It is very informal - no uniforms, etc.
  • It is a great way to make up for an absence from a performance
When the football teams split ten years ago, it meant a home game every Friday for nine weeks, since one team would be playing at home every week no matter what.  We came up with this solution to make sure that there was coverage of all games and also that the national anthem and school songs, etc. would be performed.  I actually stole the idea from Michigan and Notre Dame - both have groups that tour the stadium during the second half of the football games while the full band gets a little break.

Sometimes during the playoff season we use the track band for games instead of the full group for a variety of reasons.  When playoffs start to happen, that will be communicated via blog post/email.

Thanks!  Hope to see lots of students involved this year!