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Friday, October 05, 2007

Banding together

With the chatter on a prior thread about a "real"MU band (I am not knocking the pep band, they do a great job)..Thursday I asked AD Marilyn McNeil about larger band possibilties.

Basically she said a woman by the name of Aimee Parks has been appointed new band director and has been charged with ""increasing the (pep band) numbers and we're trying to get her to recruit some students in the band. We definitely want it to be bigger and better.''

McNeil said the MU pep band now numbers about 10. ""Gee, it would be nice to have 25 or 30,'' she said. ""It would even be nice to have 20.''

She also said it would be nice to have a band like Delaware's (300 piece marching band) but said with Monmouth's smaller enrollment that's not likely.

But she did not rule out Monmouth rolling out a marching band at some future date. ""You need a good 80 or 100 (for a marching band),'' she said. "Sure, we would love to have that, but first of all we need to get a pep band that has some brass and can be heard.''

I summed it up with her by saying that then bascially MU would like to increase the pep band and go from there.

""Yep,'' she said. ""We're willing to go further if we can.''

Anyone out there play a trumpet??


Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I have never been a MU student and have graduated from another university, I would still be willing to provide my services to the band (trombone - you can't have enough low brass in a pep band), at least for the men's weekend home games. Recruiting for the pep band can be difficult as the pep band will only grow if the music program itself grows. Unfortunately, most students in Jersey will focus more on the state schools (TCNJ, Rowan, Rutgers-NB, etc.) since they have better music programs than MU.

8:28 AM, October 05, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

It might be limited to MU students but you can try the athletic office via 732-571-3400 and see what they have to say...

11:17 AM, October 05, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Sacred Heart has a band! About a 45-50 piece marching band.

12:57 PM, October 06, 2007  

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