Long time, no post, I know, I know, but the off-season normally doesn’t usually bring too much news-worthy to the Huskies Pep Band. Here’s a quick run-down of what you might have missed, followed by some information about the start of the new season.
In April the Pep Band Banquet saw rookies become returnees and the normal slew of awards including the 111th Annual Aaron Buche-Vold Little Swimmers Award, and the revival of the Best Cross Dresser award (this year given to Will “Big Willie” Schultz (1st year BA!) for his stunning outfit from hobo weekend. Also announced were the new Assistant Student Directors or Semi conductors: Neil Wisniewski (1st Year Bells) and Katie Becker (3rd Year Tone). In a unique turn of events, upon the couple being awarded the “Next to Get Hitched Award”, Kenny Barnt (3rd Year BA!) proposed marriage to Kate Henshaw (2nd Year BA!) with some help from the rest of the BA! section. The proposal is available on YouTube here.
This summer, the MTU Board of Control approved the somewhat controversial Experience Tech Fee. This $64/semester fee gives students free access to the Portage Lake Golf Course, Mont Ripley, MTU Home Hockey Games, and Visual and Performing Arts productions in McArdle and the Rozsa Center. The institution of this fee will allow the Pep Band (and many other VAPA-supported ensembles and productions) to be better funded than in the past.
That about wraps it up for the off-season, so on to this coming year. Preseason Band Camp will be held Friday, August 29 From 3 PM to 7 PM (Dinner provided), and Saturday, August 30 from 10AM to noon. Immediately following the Saturday portion of Band Camp is the first Football game, against Winona State. The rest of the season’s schedule will be posted soon. Also, band members using calendar programs that support the iCal format can subscribe to the calendar here (webcal) or here (http).