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Athletic department to form new band


Texas A&M basketball and volleyball fans will hear the beat of a new band next fall.
Athletic director Bill Byrne said the new band, whose membership is open to all A&M students, not just members of the Aggie Band, will be formed by next volleyball season.
“Most schools in the Big 12 have bands at all of their games,” Byrne said.
Byrne said he decided to form the new band after many frequent game attendees said they enjoyed the games more when a band was present.
Alan Cannon, assistant athletic director of media relations, said visiting teams to Reed Arena and their fans note the difference in the atmosphere when the band performs.
“We really want the excitement that the band gives the players and the crowd,” he said.
The Aggie Band, the University marching unit within the Corp of Cadets, performs at many, but not all, of the men’s and women’s home basketball games. Just this year, the band performed at the volleyball games.
Members of the Aggie Band said between school and other activities, it was hard to find time to commit to perform at all the games.
“It’s just too much to ask (the band) to perform at all of the 50-plus home games,” said Jonathan Dunbar, head drum major.
The band that does perform at the games is made up of approximately 100 volunteers from the Aggie Band. Those 100 are then divided into two smaller bands comprised of 50 members each who rotate the games to meet their schedules, Byrne said.
Byrne said the new band will not be under the direction of Maj. Timothy Rhea; instead, the University will hire a new band leader specifically for the basketball game band.
Associate Athletic Director for Game Operations Mike Caruso will meet with Rhea Friday to discuss more details about the new band.

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