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Evangel University Marching Band recruiting now for next season

March 18, 2013 | Ashli O'Connell

The Evangel University Marching Band is now taking applications for students interested in becoming part of one of the University’s most visible and exciting traditions.

Since its historic debut in 2011, the marching band has grown to more than 100 members, many of whom have majors other than music. United by their love for music, these students are part of an organization that sets Evangel apart from many universities of its size.

Michael Kolstad, Music Department chairman, says Evangel is one of only two schools in its conference to have a marching band. “The marching band has been a very positive addition to the campus,” Kolstad says. “It has increased school spirit and visibility for the school.”

In addition to playing pep music and performing field routines during halftime at home football games, the marching band has marched in local parades, including a performance at Silver Dollar City last December that Kolstad says was attended by 25,000 people.

Christina Beatie, junior, says the best part about her joining Evangel’s marching band was the sense of community she felt when she arrived as a freshman.

“I immediately felt welcomed and made some of my best friends here at Evangel within that first week of band camp,” she says. “You are not an outsider when you come to campus.  You immediately belong somewhere, and people will notice if you are not there. Being in marching band as a freshman was the best decision I could have made.”

Marching Band at Silver Dollar City

The Evangel University Marching Band, directed by Dr. Michael Kolstad, debuted at Silver Dollar City on December 1, 2012, before a crowd of 25,000. Photo by Paul K. Logsdon.

Jonathan Martz, senior, says the unity of the marching band is what sets it apart from other organizations on campus. He also says it is a good way to become involved in leadership.

“I would say that it is one of the best organizations you can be a part of,” he says. “You learn how to become an encourager, hard worker and more of a spiritual influence in others’ lives.”

Kolstad says the band plans to play at four home football games and two parades in the fall. He also says the Music Department is lining up a marching band trip for the fall, but the location has yet to be revealed. However, he did offer a hint: “It will likely be somewhere in the South – possibly near the ocean!”

Kolstad says students of any major are welcome in the band and there is no audition except for the percussion section. See the Evangel University Marching Band page for more information and to fill out an inquiry form.

— By Ian Richardson, a junior English major from Afton, Iowa.


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