Emory & Henry Marching Band Goes Green and Offers Free Performance this Friday for the Community

Posted by Tyler Segraves
Members of the Emory & Henry Marching Band have gone high-tech and paperless starting this fall. Gone are the days of sheet music, flipping pages and figuring out drill formations from a squad leader.

“We’ve invested in new technology this year that’s enabled our band to go entirely paperless,” said Band Director Matt Frederick and associate provost for the College. “The new software allows us to go green and save on paper costs, time and waste.”

Frederick explains that all students read the music and learn the drills on their cell phones that are attached to their instruments while on the field. The app that they are utilizing is called The Ultimate Drill Book. The directors control the section of music being practiced and performed on their iPad and can immediately change pieces of the music for the entire band to rehearse and perform.

“This is amazing technology that has greatly enhanced our level of teaching that makes it much easier for our students to see their movements and placements on the field when changing formation. It gives them real-time spatial awareness while they are on field,” Assistant Director Keith Cottrill adds.

The Emory & Henry College Marching Band was the first band in ODAC and will now be performing in the SAC conference starting this fall. There are more than 30 first-year student members this year and includes a color guard as well as a featured majorette who is talented in tossing fire batons. The band is currently making plans to perform in Normandy and Paris, France in December of 2023.

The band has an open performance to the public on Friday, August 5 at 2 p.m. at the Fred Selfe Stadium on the Emory campus.

Performance Scholarships are available to musicians who wish to join the band at Emory & Henry. Enrollment for fall 2023 is now open at www.ehc.edu/apply.

  • The Emory & Henry College Marching Band performing in the Fred Selfe Stadium on Emory & Henry College’s campus.

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