Emory & Henry College will bring its colors and music to football games and other events beginning this fall when it launches the first marching band of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
The band, under the direction of Dr. Matt Frederick, will begin with 60 musicians joined by a color guard. The band is projected to grow to 100 playing members over the next five years.
The band will be comprised of music major and non-music majors and adds to the performance opportunities for student musicians at the College. The band will be the first marching band in the ODAC and, according to Frederick, “aims to raise the bar for marching bands in our region.”
Already Emory & Henry hosts a marching competition that last fall saw 1,600 students competing. The College also sponsors summer music camps for color guard, drum majors, and middle and high school students.
An important goal of the band is to bring greater excitement to the football game atmosphere on the E&H campus. Emory & Henry football game days enjoy some of the largest crowds in Division III football, and the addition of a marching band adds to the excitement of the day while providing to students from all disciplines with the opportunity to participate in a popular form of musical entertainment.
This is an exciting time for Emory & Henry because of the ability we have to begin and grow this new musical ensemble that will be a great benefit to almost every major on campus and will have a very positive impact on campus and community life here.Matt FrederickDirector, Emory & Henry Marching Band