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Band and Brigade

The video playlist, above, features the “Amazing Grace” performance, as well as interviews with Music faculty, students, and alumni who participated in the performance.


“All students interested in the organization of a band, meet in the Conservatory this afternoon.”

According to Indiana State Normal School’s 1922 Instano yearbook, that announcement the previous fall led to the formation of the school’s 60-piece band. Last November, 95 years later, IUP welcomed 360 Marching Band alumni back to campus to celebrate the milestone anniversary and to join current band members on field for a game-day performance. The same weekend, about 60 alumni of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at IUP returned to mark ROTC’s 100 years nationwide and 66 years at IUP. Those events were part of a busy fall that also included Kappa Delta Rho, Theta Chi, Black Alumni, and Cook Honors College reunions and other alumni events across the region.

Below are photos from those events. Click on any image to view larger and start a slideshow.

Led by Kristina Leighty Keith ’02 and Sarah Walker ’03, the trombones were in step during halftime of IUP’s November game against Bloomsburg.

Led by Kristina Leighty Keith ’02 and Sarah Walker ’03, the trombones were in step during halftime of IUP’s November game against Bloomsburg.

Samuel Mayes ’77, M’79 on trombone during a Friday evening practice on the field

Samuel Mayes ’77, M’79 on trombone during a Friday evening practice on the field

Angela Russo Petschow ’01 and Mike Beck on snare drum during practice in the R&P parking lot

Angela Russo Petschow ’01 and Mike Beck on snare drum during practice in the R&P parking lot

Tubists, from left, Marc Strunk, Brian Hopkins ’07, and Justin Patterson ’09 hit the low notes in high spirits during a Friday rehearsal in Fisher Auditorium.

Tubists, from left, Marc Strunk, Brian Hopkins ’07, and Justin Patterson ’09 hit the low notes in high spirits during a Friday rehearsal in Fisher Auditorium.

Jerry Black ’81, M’84 on tenor drums during an on-field practice

Jerry Black ’81, M’84 on tenor drums during an on-field practice

After the Marching Band’s halftime performance, Lisa Fetsko ’91 greeted her former high school band director, Michael Bodolosky ’72, M’78.

After the Marching Band’s halftime performance, Lisa Fetsko ’91 greeted her former high school band director, Michael Bodolosky ’72, M’78.

Debi Luker ’98 hugged percussionist Brandon Aguirre after IUP’s November game against Bloomsburg.

Debi Luker ’98 hugged percussionist Brandon Aguirre after IUP’s November game against Bloomsburg.

More than 1,300 people shared a video from the IUP Facebook page of the band’s postgame performance of “Amazing Grace.” According to comments, the performance brought goosebumps, chills, and tears. Steve Kraus ’87, on saxophone, was among the moved

More than 1,300 people shared a video from the IUP Facebook page of the band’s postgame performance of “Amazing Grace.” According to comments, the performance brought goosebumps, chills, and tears. Steve Kraus ’87, on saxophone, was among the moved

Sharon Gass Pilker ’79, retired lieutenant colonel, took part in a “Meet the IUP Cadets” event in Pierce Hall as part of an ROTC reunion in November.

Sharon Gass Pilker ’79, retired lieutenant colonel, took part in a “Meet the IUP Cadets” event in Pierce Hall as part of an ROTC reunion in November.

Major General Leslie Miller Purser ’80 talked with cadets Chloe Cook, a nursing major, and Edgar Ceballos, a biology major in the Cook Honors College, during the ROTC anniversary dinner.

Major General Leslie Miller Purser ’80 talked with cadets Chloe Cook, a nursing major, and Edgar Ceballos, a biology major in the Cook Honors College, during the ROTC anniversary dinner.

Brigadier General Robin Swan ’78 was keynote speaker during a dinner celebrating the 100-year anniversary of ROTC. The dinner was at the Kovalchick Complex on Veterans Day.

Brigadier General Robin Swan ’78 was keynote speaker during a dinner celebrating the 100-year anniversary of ROTC. The dinner was at the Kovalchick Complex on Veterans Day.

During a panel discussion in Pierce Hall in November, IUP ROTC cadets asked questions of the panelists, Major General Leslie Miller Purser ’80, Colonel Andrew Peters ’88, and Colonel Jay Reckard ’90, as well as other alumni of the program, at left.

During a panel discussion in Pierce Hall in November, IUP ROTC cadets asked questions of the panelists, Major General Leslie Miller Purser ’80, Colonel Andrew Peters ’88, and Colonel Jay Reckard ’90, as well as other alumni of the program, at left.