September 07, 2016
Bobcat Band Marches into Third Season
As fall approaches, the West Virginia Wesleyan College Bobcat Marching Band has been preparing for yet another stellar season on the field and in the community. The Bobcat Band is in its third season since returning to campus after a 35-year hiatus. Now over 70 members strong, the ensemble will be premiering its “Tune in with the Croon” half-time show this Saturday during the football home opener against Glenville State.
Reestablished in 2014, the Bobcat Band is under the direction of Director of Bands Logan Lindsey. Gradually increasing enrollment over the past three years, Lindsey has seen some notable differences between this season and years’ prior.
“We have nearly 30 freshmen this year, which is more than in the past,” he said. “We have more freshmen in the program because of our emphasis on creative arts recruitment as a whole. This has made a big difference, as we are all supportive of each other. It is full-circle; everyone is doing their recruitment job, and that is a large part as to why the band is growing.”
Other differences include an expanded drumline that encompasses full instrumentation, a fuller wind section, and the use of multiple pieces of equipment by the color guard.
The theme of this year’s half-time show, “Tune in with the Croon,” will feature all original and cover music by modern-day crooner Michael Buble. The show will feature “It Had Better Be Tonight,” “Fever,” “Original Theme from Spiderman,” and “Everything.”
The Bobcat Band has already been making an appearance in the community, as well. They are a local favorite at Festival Fridays and are always looking for more opportunities to play.
“Our student leaders created goals for the season,” remarked Lindsey. “Our group goal is to create a larger community footprint where we hold more performances and increase our opportunity for outreach. This is a student-led effort; we are all on board.”
Aside from home football games, Lindsey would like to add additional community exhibitions, as well as on-campus performances during Homecoming weekend. The Bobcat Band is also beginning fundraising efforts to purchase matching uniforms for the group.
“It is important that we look like an ensemble,” stated Lindsey. “We are already playing like an ensemble, so I would like us to complete the look.”
Looking toward the future, Lindsey has an overarching goal for the ensemble: to be visible.
“My goal is to find a unique, large stage for us to play on,” he said. “The band continues to defy expectations in their appearance, musicality, and amazing attitude. The thing that continues to amaze me the most is that they are all great student leaders on campus. Our band fits in the schedules for the busiest students on campus, including Resident Assistants, student-athletes, Greek Life, nursing, and any number of other busy majors and organizations. This is what sets these students and the Bobcat Band apart from other collegiate programs. This is what makes my job great.”
If you are interested in helping the Bobcat Band in their fundraising efforts, please contact the Office of Advancement at (304) 473-8600.
For more information on the Bobcat Band, please contact Lindsey at email@example.com.
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