WCU band per­forms at Steel­ers game

WCU band per­forms at Steel­ers home opener at Heinz Field

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Pete Bannan pban­nan@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @pe­te­ban­nan on Twit­ter

The West Chester Univer­sity band took part in the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers home opener on Sun­day.

The 324-mem­ber West Chester Univer­sity Golden Rams March­ing Band took part in the pregame and half­time shows for the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers home opener against the Cincin­natti Ben­gals at Heinz Field on Sun­day.

Dur­ing the band’s fi­nal prac­tice in West Chester, as­sis­tant band di­rec­tor Greg Martin said the band had been plan­ning to play at the Band of Amer­ica Caval­cade event in nearby Mon­roeville Satur­day so band of­fi­cials con­tacted the Steel­ers and they were thrilled to have the band per­form at the home opener.

In ad­di­tion to the on­field per­for­mances, the March­ing Rams took part in a pa­rade to Heinz Field.

While in Pitts­burgh the band slept at West Al­legheny High School. Martin said each year the band takes part in a ma­jor per­for­mance. In 2015 the band took part in the Macy’s Thanks­giv­ing Day Pa­rade.

The band re­turned to the West Chester cam­pus Monday and will per­form its rou­tine called “Paint it Black” at the school’s foot­ball game on Satur­day.

Dur­ing the school year, the March­ing Rams can of­ten be heard prac­tic­ing their rou­tine be­hind the Swope Mu­sic Build­ing on cam­pus. Stu­dents spend nine hours a week prac­tic­ing as a unit in ad­di­tion to their daily in­stru­ment prac­tice.

Seventy per­cent of band mem­bers are non-mu­sic ma­jors.

PHO­TOS BY PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The West Chester Univer­sity Golden Rams March­ing Band was in­vited to play the pregame and half-time show at the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers home opener at Heinz Field Sun­day. On Fri­day the band held a fi­nal prac­tice at West Chester.

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