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SAU Athletic Band

The SAU Athletic Band

August 2017

With 35 new members, the St. Ambrose University Athletic Band now stands 57 strong and is prepared to enhance the Saturday football experience even more.

Under the leadership of Megan Cooney, director of athletic bands, the musicians recently completed their second summer camp and are primed for a very busy September.

Cooney's band will team with the dance and cheerleading squads led by new Spirit Coordinator Danelle Langerneckert to provide pre-game shows ahead of Fighting Bees football games on Sept. 2, Sept. 9, Sept. 16 and, with a few special surprises, at the Sept. 30 Homecoming contest.

"Everybody is really excited," Cooney said, noting increased giveaways and thematic pre-game performances could spark more student attendance. "We have completely redesigned the gameday experience. It's a combined effort with the band, cheerleaders, dance squad, and announcers. There is going to be a production manager. It's what you would expect at a large university."

All four September games will start at 1 p.m. at Brady Street Stadium in Davenport. There will be a "big reveal" for the Homecoming show.

We can't tell you what the band will be revealing (or it wouldn't be much of a reveal, after all), but we'll give you a hint: think hats with plumes and bright Nike colors.

Cooney said the band's second-year growth is fueled almost entirely by first-year and transfer students and that her athletic band is on target to be called a full-fledged marching band next year.

"Next year, we will march at a halftime show," she promised.

She said the band's contribution to the gameday experience did not go unnoticed last year.

"I would say the school is very excited," she said. "Last year, football players would come up and personally thank our members."

In addition to playing at football games, band members last year formed a pep band that enlivened several men's and women's home basketball games. This year, they have been asked to form a second pep unit to play at volleyball games.

Cooney said the rigorous second year of band camp went well, thanks in part to the second-year field staff leadership of sophomores Madison Sherwood, Hannah Oliver, Ethan Parchert, and TJ Shubert, and drum majors Sarrah Hammond, also a sophomore, and Gabby Bauer, a junior.

Other leadership positions are held by music librarian Elizabeth Lange, a senior, and media and marketing manager Natalie Jones, a sophomore.


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