The Emory & Henry College Marching Band has wrapped up a week-long camp in preparation for their return season.
It has been nearly 60 years since the band last marched on campus, but under the direction of Dr. Matt Frederick, the band will begin with 50 musicians joined by a color guard. The band is projected to grow to 100 playing members over the next five years. Nearly half of this year’s band will be first-year students.
“This year will be a little different,” Frederick said. “Our first-year students are actually coming in with more recent experience in regards to the marching band than our upperclass students because they were performing last year in high school.”
Frederick says he was impressed by the skill and effort of his musicians. The band breaks camp with two complete shows to debut this fall including a tribute to the rock band AC/DC.
We’ve gone from 0-100 mph over these past six months to bring this program together. I have to say that I’m blown away by the support of the staff, students, alumni and the community.Dr. Matt Frederick
The band is comprised of music majors and non-music majors and adds to the performance opportunities for student musicians at the College. The band is the first marching band in the ODAC.
The debut performance will take place at the first home football game of the season on Sept. 5. An important goal of the band is to bring greater excitement to the game day 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 students from all disciplines the opportunity to participate in a popular form of musical entertainment.
The band is currently working on the rest of their fall performance schedule. For the second year, Emory & Henry will be a major partner of the Chilhowie Apple Festival Band Competition. The marching band will perform an exhibition at the event.