Outer space and pirates, what?!

During our next home game, the Mount Union Marching Band will perform some music from some of America’s favorite movies – Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean! I always appreciate that Mr. Willis, the band director, throws some fun music into our shows. It always makes the music fun to learn, and when it … Read more

During our next home game, the Mount Union Marching Band will perform some music from some of America’s favorite movies – Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean!

I always appreciate that Mr. Willis, the band director, throws some fun music into our shows. It always makes the music fun to learn, and when it gets to the snowy season, it makes freezing rehearsals a little less miserable.

One year we did Disney, and a bunch of us just about died of joy.

It’s also really cool that Mr. Willis arranges a lot of our music. In fact, he arranged our Star Wars piece. Chances are, if you’re watching a Mount Union Marching Band halftime show, you’re hearing some original arrangements by our very own Mr. Willis. Not everyone can say that, so I appreciate it.

The drill to the Pirates piece is pretty fun. I won’t give too much away, but I will say that we’re going to try to make the football field a little bit like a pirate flag… Pretty neat stuff right there.

Marching band is one of the reasons I chose Mount Union. I wanted to play my trumpet here, but I didn’t want to have to be in one of those crazy-huge competition marching bands. I also didn’t want to risk not being in band because of not making it through an audition process. Mount Union’s Marching Band is great because there aren’t auditions and the size is just right. Plus, the people are just great. We’re a pretty close-knit group and we have a lot of fun. For example, we have an entire Facebook page called “Willisisms” because Mr. Willis has these fun sayings that make us laugh. “Command the ground!” or “Only the strong do band!”

We’re actually using our phones to learn drill. This is new. Mr. Willis has been sending us the PDFs, and whenever we learn new drill, we can use our smart phones instead of having to print out a bazillion pieces of paper. Mount Union band is going green and tech-savvy!

Learning awesome drill to fun music is one of the many perks of being in the Mount Union Marching Band.

So whenever you come see a Mount Union game, pay attention to the field at halftime. We’re actually doing some pretty niffy things down there.

Senior football game!

This weekend marks the senior game for marching band! I’m a senior this year, and this will be my last home regular season football game. So this will be my last pregame show. For playoff games, we have to keep the show very simple for pregame (only a simpler drill for the star spangled banner … Read more

This weekend marks the senior game for marching band!

I’m a senior this year, and this will be my last home regular season football game. So this will be my last pregame show. For playoff games, we have to keep the show very simple for pregame (only a simpler drill for the star spangled banner and alma mater). I think it has something to do with making the field a neutral playing field.

It’s weird to think that it’s almost the end of something. I realize that as a senior I’ll have a lot of “lasts,” but I’m pretty sure this is the first one that will really hit me. My “last” first day of school wasn’t really a big deal.

I’ve been part of the marching band program for four years now, and I’ve been marching for seven total. It’s still sinking in that this is my last season of marching.

All the seniors will get announced at this game – band, cheerleaders, dance team, etc. All the band seniors will get to go without hats for this game, so you can see our pretty faces! It will be fun! I’ll be surrounded by others who have dedicated their time to music and art, and I know all of us will miss it.

I’m definitely not the weepy sort; I’m not going to cry or anything. But any of you who are headed to the game this weekend, I hope you appreciate what it means to say goodbye to four years of something awesome. Music is something that will always be a big part of my life, and I’m grateful for all the years at Mount Union where I could be involved with so many musical opportunities.

Bye band, my first real “last.” It’s been real.

Mount Union Class of 2013!!!

The band dance

The band dance

Read more

If anyone has ever been a part of a marching band, you understand what it’s like to do a band dance.

There’s always gonna be that one time in your four years in high school or college that your band director decides to put in a little movement while the drums have a really long cadence.

This year was that year for me.

At the Homecoming game this weekend, the audience will be treated to 52 counts of band boogying. It’s a pretty cute dance actually, I guess some girls in the band looked up the dance for “Shake That.”

We get to do a little lassoing, a little shaking…and a couple odd moves like jumping around and doing the Bernie. The Bernie. Such an interesting dance move, I actually found it a little difficult… But holy wow it is so much fun to do in rehearsals!

I for one have a ton of fun every time we do it. I feel bad for the tubas and drums–they’re instruments are so big and bulky that they can’t put them down in the 8 counts allotted. I’m on Homecoming court so I don’t think I get to do it this week either. But maybe, if we get enough audience applause we’ll bring it back on October 27!! Fingers crossed.

So, make sure you come to the game this weekend. Homecoming is always a good time, and there will be plenty to do. Make sure to come to the parade to watch the band march! And I highly recommend sticking around til at least the halftime show to watch the band dance!