Pep band brings sweet music to WC basketball
Students make debut at Lady Quakers/Marietta game
January 31, 2011
Pep band member Mitchell Dorsten works the trombone during the Wilmington/Marietta women's basketball game.
The sound of bouncing basketballs was eclipsed during warm-ups and recorded music was silenced during timeouts, while halftime took on a familiar yet distant aura as Wilmington College’s pep band premiered at the women’s basketball game versus Marietta on Jan. 19.
With only a few rehearsals under their collective belt, the pep band performed seven numbers with plans of quickly doubling its repertoire as it becomes a fixture at home basketball games.
Hugh Solomon is directing the group, which features 15 to 20 WC students, most of whom played in their high school bands.
“I’m very proud of what they did this first time out,” said Solomon, the musician husband of dean of students Sigrid Solomon. “They did a really good job with the limited time I had with them.”
While pep bands have come and gone over the years at WC, Solomon hopes to build upon the foundation established this year by recruiting additional musicians. A pipe dream would be to someday host a marching band.
He explained that several students shared an interest in forming a pep band with Catherine Roma, professor of music and department chair, who knew of Solomon’s musical and directing background. Once he was involved, he helped fill the contingent of musicians that led to the sounds of pep band standards like “Tequila” and “We Will Rock You”.
“(Athletics director) Terry Rupert said he was impressed and we could play anytime and (women’s basketball coach) Jerry Scheve thanked us after the game for enhancing the atmosphere of the sporting event,” Solomon added.