The school spirit at Drury is about to grow in pitch and volume.
The university announced that starting in fall 2020 they will be giving students the opportunity to participate in a marching and parade band along with a color guard.
“The athletics department is excited to partner with the new director of athletic bands to help create an exciting game-day environment for our fans,” Corey Bray, director of athletics, said in a statement. “The creation of a marching band will be a win-win for Drury as our current and future students will have the opportunity cultivate their passion for music while representing the university at various events in the region.”
In addition to performing at Drury athletic events as the “athletic band”, the marching unit will perform in local parades and at community events. The band will also perform showcases at regional high school marching band competitions.
The new band is expected to draw more music majors to Drury, but the administration emphasized that any student at Drury who participated in band during high school is welcome to continue their passion for music through the new athletic band.
“Drury is the perfect place for a program like this,” Allin Sorenson, dean of the School of Communication & Fine and Performing Arts, said in a statement. “It’s going to be fun and challenging yet structured in a way that allows students to explore other passions and academic interests, too. Drury students are the kind of people who want to do a little bit of everything, and we welcome that passion in our music programs and throughout our campus.”
Drury will be hiring a full-time director for the band.