Evangel University Marching Band taking applications for this fall
May 22, 2014 | Ashli O'Connell
It’s not too late to join the EU Marching Band for this fall. Applications for students interested in becoming part of one of the University’s most visible and exciting traditions are still being accepted.
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, senior, says the best part about 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.”
Jonathan Martz, also a 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 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.