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Winter Guard More Like Winner Guard
By: William Padilla
    ​Being in the UConn Winter Guard is an experience I never thought I would be a part of. Not only are the members amazing and dedicated, but our show this year is absolutely insane. It’s rigorous and tests our limits, but helps us grow stronger and more united as a group. Being a male in a mostly female organization doesn’t bother me; I feel as if I’m just another member putting 110% into all that I do. The UConn Winter Guard also accepts everyone, regardless of past experience and skill level. Personally, I had never even picked up a flag before I joined. I originally joined as a way to keep myself busy during the spring semester. It has become a richer and more enjoyable experience than I had intended. I’m happy to have joined because the UConn Winter Guard feels like a family. We just had our first performance at Masuk, and we did so well! We won first place at the competition, and we’re now using the motivation to keep doing our best at each rehearsal. Coming up we have performances at Newtown High School this weekend, Naugatuck High School, Norwalk High School, Johnathon Law, and Championships at Trumbull High School. We intend on working to make each performance better than the last, always striving to take ourselves to the next level!

Did Someone Say Merch...? 
By: Gaby Rodriguez

Hello everyone! I hope the off-season has been treating you well. Here I am to re-introduce myself as your newly re-elected merchandise coordinator for the upcoming 2018 season. Although I was merchandise coordinator during the previous season, I still found myself wishing to accomplish more as I was not in the position for too long. I hope that with a full term I get to create merchandise you can wear with pride and represent the UCMB wherever you go. Moving forward with some ideas, I’m wishing to create a UCMB parent apparel section and design alumni merchandise for those who wish to relive their wonderful times playing for the band.
Some fun facts about myself include playing the bass clarinet for nine years, I play with pride from the clarinet section and I am currently a sophomore double majoring in Economics and Psychological Sciences.
I welcome you to send me suggestions or feedback for anything you wish to see from fun socks to a warm scarves you can use to bundle up during those nippy autumn football games.
Here’s to an even better season and future success in the 2018 season with the Pride of Connecticut.


Keeping Up with the Band Post Season
By:  Johnny Golemba 

Spring semester is always hard for so many of us in the UCMB.  After over three months of long rehearsals, crazy band weekends, and little to no outside free time, it’s surprisingly difficult to find ways to suddenly fill in all of that newly acquired time that comes with the second half of the school year.  Luckily, the UCMB and UConn Music Department offer a number of opportunities to stay involved with the marching band and music in general, and I am very grateful to have discovered some of them this semester.  

Despite already having seventeen credits of non-music related classes, I made the decision to also take on Concert Band, the UCMB Leadership Course, and Husky Band, all of which I am participating in for the first time. Concert Band is a great way to build in your personal development as a musician.  Instructed by Ricardo Brown, he puts a great deal of emphasis on helping you to grow as a musician by developing good tone quality, paying close attention to musical details, and, most importantly, by practicing! The music is a challenge, but a great way to maintain and apply your musical skills to the upcoming band season.

The UCMB Leadership Course, instructed by Dr. Mills himself, is a wonderful way to grow (as is implied by the name of the course) as a leader within the band!  You get to learn the ins and outs of how our impressive band is run and what makes it so effective, along with the chance to find your niche in the band, be it in recruiting, social coordinating, connecting people in the band, or whatever else you feel led to get involved in.  It is also a very low stress class and does not require much of your time on a weekly basis, so definitely check it out!

Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of staying involved with music and marching band in the spring semester is maintaining all of the close friends and connections you’ve made in the fall and keeping them strong for the next season.  Unity is one of the key aspects that drives this band, which means we must remain united even off the field and after the season is through! As a freshman, only a year ago, I did not get involved in any band related activities during the spring and drifted apart form some of the people I had previously grown so close to.  Now, as a sophomore heavily involved in band related activities post season, I can safely say that I am still just as close, if not closer, to many of my fellow band mates and looking forward to keeping those relationships strong for next season and beyond! So, that being said, how are you keeping up with the band this semester, and what will you do to help make our band better in this upcoming 2018 season?


Winter Drumline 
By: Jake Bavarsky  

This semester has been quite exciting so far for the UCMB Winterline with an already scheduled performance for a Women's Basketball game later this month. We have been practicing tirelessly in Gampel preparing for this action packed show featuring songs such as Humble by Kendrick Lamar and Glorious by Macklemore. Much of the show has some borrowed material from the Fusion Symphony, but it has such zesty beats that we had to make it "part of our symphony" for this semester's performance. Besides the upcoming performances on February 26th and 28th, the Drumline is very excited to begin honing in on skills and techniques for next year's show. In the words of Tyler Campbell, "Set it up!"

Introducing Me
By: Marie Randle

Hi Everyone! I am honoured to serve the UCMB as the new Communications Coordinator. You may recognise the name from previous editions of the Pride. I am very excited to be here and hope you all continue to enjoy the Pride. I plan on continuing the monthly release and hope to have fun articles each month. Overall my plan will be to pick up where Meg left off while putting my own spin on things.

Some fun facts about me are that I am a clarinet player turned cymbal player and just finished my second year in the UCMB. I am double majoring in Mathematics and Education, my hope is to become a high school math teacher. I was in the marching band all through my high school years on clarinet in the fall and cymbals in the winter. I am a fraternal twin. My twin brother was drum major of my high school band and is now an Accounting major here at UConn. Although, he no longer marches he is a huge supporter of the UCMB, cheering us on at games and other performances.

I can’t wait to see where the next year takes us as a band and community!

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Editor: Marie Randle
Staff Writers: Jake Bavarsky, Jonny Golemba, 
William Padilla and Gaby Rodriguez 

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