By Linsey Garrison
By Matthew Ward
Flying to Texas and back in the same day might not sound exciting for most people, but the EWU marching band did just that. They were prepared and eager to get to Texas to perform during the football national championship last year.
Sophomore trombone player Andrew Stutzman was happy to take the trip, “[even] though it was around a 26-hour day that day,” he said.
The band is seeing more new members. In Band Director Don Goodwin’s opinion, students might not have thought about joining if it hadn’t been for the marching band going to nationals with the football team.
“We have a lot more non-music-major involvement [this year]. The band is open to anyone at the university who has experience playing an instrument,” said Goodwin. “We have a lot more people enrolled and taking part that I think otherwise wouldn’t have known about the band. It wouldn’t have been in the forefront of their mind without that big win last year.”
The marching band currently has about 90 members. Last year, there were about 75 who flew down for the game, some of which were alumni who just wanted to play and be a part of the big day.
“We’re doing the same thing that we’ve always done. It’s not any different than what we, as a band, have been doing for years now. We do our halftime show, play in the stands. But it does feel like we have more momentum this year,” said Goodwin. “Generally speaking, everyone is a lot more excited about performing.”
Drum Major Kit Schubach has been working hard to prepare himself and the rest of the band for upcoming shows. On top of rehearsals, band members spend extra hours practicing on their own.
“They have to practice their parts. For the drum majors and staff, we have to rehearse conducting the show and timing it to be sure we can get the band organized on the field, do the show and get off in the ten minutes,” said Schubach. “I just think people don’t understand how much the band does. We show up and we play, but they don’t see the weeks before when we prepare for it. It’s a lot more than it looks like.”
Students interested in joining the EWU band can email Band Director Don Goodwin at email@example.com.