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Watch the Breakdown
By: Anthony Newman
    

 

The UConn Drumline traveled with the UConn Pep Band to Hartford on Valentine’s Day to perform our halftime show “Nice for What”. The drumline meets during the spring semester to maintain our drumming chops and to start working on new material for the fall. We spent a few late Thursday evenings in 102 (the band room) and in Gampel Pavilion preparing for our big show of the semester. We knew it was going to be a big game with a big audience at one of the largest venues around. This meant we had to put on our best show with only a few rehearsal blocks to prepare. With just a few reps of “Swinging Double Beat” and “8-8-16” down, we quickly became comfortable again with the instruments that we spent our fall semester with. We worked and put together a great show that we knew the crowd would love.

“Let’s warm up 9 minutes before the end of the first half.” Of course, this was when the game was getting very exciting with the Huskies pulling ahead of the highly ranked Houston Cougars. We built off of this excitement with a very energetic and well-run warm-up. Come halftime, we walked out of the lower concourse and entered the court. We performed our show and received a wonderful applause from the XL Center crowd.

Although the game did not end exactly how we had hoped, the UConn Drumline got to travel somewhere new and had a great time performing for a very lively crowd. It was refreshing playing a lot of the stand tunes that we haven’t performed since football season. Additionally, some new members for the Fall 2019 line had the opportunity to see us #SetItUp in rehearsal and performance. Looking forward, the drumline is excited to continue working on material for the upcoming fall season and to work with current members who want to switch subsections. And of course, we extend a big “thank you” to everyone in the band who helps us move our equipment in and out of trucks and under busses! We couldn’t do it without you.

Dut!

 

HuskyTHON
By:  Sara Linton

At the end of February, I participated in my third HuskyTHON Dance Marathon. I danced alongside three thousand other UConn students for 18 hours to raise money for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. The entire night revolves around the Miracle Children. These children are either current or past patients at CCMC and are assigned to a team who stays with them during the event and makes sure they have the time of their life. For the past four years, the UConn Marching Band has had a boy named Colin as our Miracle Child. One of the best parts of HuskyTHON is giving Colin his basket of toys and games that he gets to play with during the night. Seeing the kids run around and have fun in the field house always reminds me why I do HuskyTHON. When we are nine hours in and my feet are killing me, I think about all the kids who have now been given the opportunity to be surrounded with positive energy and who, above it all, just get to be kids! Finally, after 18 hours and a lot of dancing, the Morale Captains reveal the total fundraising amount. This year we were able to raise a grand total of $1,328,402.19! The UCMB team extends a big thank you to everyone who supported us and helped us Raise Them Up. Until next year, For The Kids!
 

Off to the Final Four
By: Lucas LaDestro

We were all getting excited for the upcoming games as we drove up to Albany, New York on Friday, March 29th. The games that weekend would determine which schools would make it to the Final Four. The stakes were high and the pressure was on. As the Uconn Gillespie Pep Band, we knew we would have to give it our all. So we did just that. We put our hearts and souls into cheering our team on, and by the end of the weekend all of our voices were shot. That Friday night Uconn beat UCLA in a very tight game of 69-61. This victory meant we would have to face off against Louisville that very Sunday. On Saturday we relaxed, exploring downtown Albany and visiting the New York State Museum. Sunday was game day- and we were ready to fight. With our face paint on, we entered the stadium excited for the game ahead. The Gillespie Band gave it their all that Sunday and together we made sure our Husky pride was heard. This game was even more exciting than the last. Katie Lou Samuelson, beloved Uconn Women’s Basketball senior, brought 29 points to the game- including seven 3-pointers. The band was overjoyed with excitement as the final buzzer went off, and we knew for sure that we won 80-73. The energy in the air was electric, and you could almost reach out and grab it. As confetti was raining down on all of us, Katie Lou went out of her way to come up to us and thank our band for the support. Personally, that was my favorite moment of the entire trip. Uconn had secured its spot for getting into the Final Four- and luckily we all got to be a part of it.  

Huskies in Tampa  
By: Joanna Green
At the beginning of April, the Pep Band traveled to Tampa Florida for the Women’s Final Four. We started off our trip doing a community service project with the non-profit Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful at a local park where we worked to repaint picnic areas, benches, and bridges. It was great to be able to give back to the community that was hosting us for this tournament, and it was fun getting to work with members of the Baylor band too. Our second day in Florida was spent playing for patients, their families, and the staff at Shriners Hospital for Children. We even got to play with the band students at Plant High School in Tampa, which was a lot of fun. The third day of the trip was game day! We started the day off at Tourney Town at the Tampa Convention Center. There we performed for local elementary students, and participated in Battle of the Bands! After lunch it was time to get ready for the game and get pumped up to cheer on the team. As we unloaded the bus and got our face paint on, it all really started to sink in that we were actually at the Final Four. Before we know it, we were in our seats and watching the game. The energy in the stadium was insane, with constant cheering and exciting moments. It was a close game the whole time with UConn up by 1 at the half. The second half was just as close as the first until the last few minutes. While it was not the outcome we had hoped for, getting to cheer for the Women’s team was an unforgettable experience none of us will ever forget.
 
 
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