Emory & Henry College hasn’t had a marching band since the 1950s. This season they’re putting 50 new band members on the field along with a color guard.
“The funny thing is that most of these freshmen are more experienced than the upperclassman because they just came out of high school marching band,” [Band Director Matthew] Frederick said.
This is the first marching band in the Old Dominion Conference. Even though it has been 60 years since the school had a marching band, it’s been so long that it doesn’t feel like a rebirth, but more like a brand new beginning.
The band will be comprised of traditional marching instruments such as: piccolos, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, baritones, percussion, trombones and tubas.
First-year student Kaelee Belletto came all the way from Lake Orion, Michigan to participate.
“It’s a lot different in the approach for a band because I came from a band that went to competitions, while the focus here is just to entertain and provide a source of entertainment for the crowds at football games, which I like a lot,” she said. “It’s definitely a really nice thing.”
E&H junior Jordan Bennett, from Johnson City, Tennessee, said that he came to college expecting never to march with a band again, but the reboot of the marching band made that possible.
The first appearance of the band will be on Saturday, Sept. 5, when the E&H Wasps face off with the Ferrum College Panthers for their season opener.