Trumpets! Sax! Drums! The Blue Devil marching band is back for another season and they are not here to play any games. The award winning marching band has lots to offer during the 2017 season. With the band being the official band for the University of Richmond they are planning to show up and show out every time they hit the scene.
Blue Devil band members are extremely pumped for what they have in store this season. Senior band member Myah Payne says “We have a new theme this year which is “Earth, Wind, & Fire.” Myah says, “We will improve musically from last year by planning more popular songs that everybody’s parents should know.”
With a new season calls for a new drum major and Myah says “I think we are a little disciplined this year with Roshawra Eaton as our drum major.”
Senior captain of the color guard Jordan Oliver says “The band will be really exciting this season because we have a new sound.” Jordan’s remarks on summer band camp included “We pretty much spent the summer preparing for the new season, simply getting us back into shape and training the new members.” With new band members on the team Jordan says “They’re coming along. They still have some work to do but at the rate they’re going they will be just fine and I have no worries.” Jordan also says “Our new drum major is the best! She’s very stern and a great communicator.”
Blue Devil band member Jaelyn Robinson says she’s excited because the band will be playing a different genre of music this season. She also says “I’m hoping that this year we will win more competitions and do more performances.” When asked about how the new drum major adds to the dynamic of the team Jaelyn added “she’s a lot harder on us than any other drum major we’ve ever had, but that’s a good thing and it makes us respect her more.” The Blue Devil marching band has lots of goals set for themselves. Being a band for Varina Athletics and at the colligate level for the University of Richmond, the band has a lot on their plate. Now it’s time to sit back and watch them put on a show the best way they know how.