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Lyon College to form new marching band
Lyon College to form new marching band

BATESVILLE, Ark. (Lyon College) - With the inauguration of Lyon College’s new football program, it is only natural that the formation of a marching band should follow. Lyon’s administration is proud to announce the intentions of doing just that.

“Lyon has had a small concert band for a number of years.  We are delighted to announce that we are recruiting in order to expand that band into a marching band to complement our new football program,” said Dr. Virginia Wray, vice president for academic services and dean of the faculty.

Lyon President Dr. Donald Weatherman said many of the current students at Lyon played in their high school bands, and the formation of a marching band would provide students with another creative outlet on campus.

“I think it’s another move we need to make to grow our college so we become a stronger, more viable institution,” Weatherman said. “Not only will this provide another outlet for students, it will aid in building enthusiasm in the community for our athletes.”

Dr. Michael Oriatti, assistant professor of music, said that many students had expressed interest in continuing their musical involvement regardless of their major.

“We see a large percentage of freshman applicants who have high school experience in band, and who are interested in continuing to play and learn, no matter their chosen major.  Many of these students will find an active band program an added incentive to attend here.  The program will also enhance our football program, as it invigorates school spirit and invites connections both across the campus and the community,” Oriatti said.

Smaller pep bands will be developed from the larger marching band to play at basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball, and softball games. The group will continue to perform as a concert band in the spring. They will not travel to away games.

“I find the creation of a marching/pep band at Lyon to be a very exciting development, both for the campus as a whole and the music department in particular. Not only will the ensemble generate interest among prospective students, but it will also appeal to the many students already attending Lyon who participated in high-school marching bands,” said Dr. Russell Stinson, Josephine Emily Brown Professor of Music and college organist.

Lyon is now actively recruiting a band director to lead the new program. For more information, contact Donald Taylor, director of admissions and registrar, at 870-307-7204, email donald.taylor@lyon.edu, or visit www.lyon.edu.