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The Skiff Orientation Edition: Welcome, Class of 28!
The Skiff Orientation Edition: Welcome, Class of '28!
By Georgie London, Staff Writer
Published May 13, 2024
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Marching band pumps up the jam

Marching band pumps up the jam

It’s Saturday and you are headed to a home football game.

You get out of your car, apprehensive about the long walk ahead of you. You pass the dorms, Frog Fountain, the sizzling sausages, the juicy bratwursts and the cold beers. And then you hear it. The sound of the snare drums. Though at a distance, you still get butterflies in your tummy. It’s football, baby!

Those drums, along with the rest of the band, continue to act as the soundtrack to football games. But even after the long, sweaty hours spent in the sun during practice and games, the marching band still has trouble keeping fans in their seats at half time.

That’s why this season the marching band has a new kind of show in store. Since the jazzy and classical scores of yore, although complex and elaborate, have not gotten the attention wanted, director of the marching band and associate director of bands Brian Youngblood went for a new theme this year: rock.

Youngblood said after hearing the jazz band play Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child,” he thought it would transfer well to marching band.

“There’s a challenge with marrying rock music with marching band,” Youngblood said. “Once you take the lyrics and the angst of the vocals off, it sounds a little hokey, it just doesn’t work.”

And after his 11 years with the marching band, he has not heard anything that has been this close to rock or pop. The “show,” which is actually not played in full at each half time, but instead spread out over the season, has three parts: Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child,” Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and Dem Shop Boyz’s “Party Like a Rock Star.”

Youngblood, along with Jeremy Strickland, the assistant director of bands, said they wanted to design it to take the listener through a tour of rock: old, Woodstock rock, popular rock, and naturally, partying like a rock star.

Pat Wynne, a senior music education major and snare drummer in the band, actually raps via a wireless mic during the show. With plenty of experience with rhythm and time, at home he makes hip hop and rap beats on the side; so when asked to rap live, he was on board.

Youngblood said this part of the show, along with the drum set, electric guitar and iPod on the sideline, allow it to be completely innovative and modern.

“I’m pretty sure this is the first time TCU band has done a rap thing in any part of their productions, ever,” Youngblood said.

Wynne said that the goal of the show is to please the crowd, especially the student section.

“Usually that’s the time to go get food,” Wynne said. “This is more of a show relating to the average person. It’s something they can nod their head and dance to.”

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