As a university, students have cheered on the Marching 100 at football games and other events for several years. Now, at the start of the spring semester, the community will get to cheer on another team of talented musicians.
The Stevenson University Pep Band is an indoor ensemble that will perform at men’s and women’s basketball games. Terrell Smith, also a director of the marching band, is directing the Pep Band in its debut season.
Smith points out that the Pep Band will bring enthusiasm to basketball games, not only for the players but also for coaches and spectators. While the Marching 100 performs at halftime during the football games, the Pep Band will play during the end of the quarter, after points are scored, and at other exciting times during the games. The Pep Band will be located in the stands during the games, among the students.
Similar to the Marching 100, the Pep Band will continue to use a pop music format, playing popular songs so spectators can sing along. The band will also play classic pump-up music to help get the athletes energized to play.
Those interested in joining can simply register for the class MUS 290-02 on Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun, and a background in band is not required. Smith will meet with interested students personally to help them learn the music.
Though this is the group’s first season in action, they already have a larger-than-expected roster of 50 student musicians. Mark Lortz, band director, explained the long-term goal of the Pep Band is to travel and expand. With a growing team of musicians, the Pep Band is well on its way to victory.
The Pep Band will perform at nine home games, making their debut on Jan. 27 in the Owings Mills gym when the teams take on Messiah College. Stay tuned for the full performance schedule of Pep Band events.