By Audrey Daggett,
Compared to the students, cheerleaders and parents cheering, pep band can be heard throughout Davis during football games. The Davis High pep band casually prepares for the homecoming game on Oct. 11.
“It’s pep band. It’s extremely informal; we’re goofy [and] we mess up,” junior Cliff Djajatranata said.
Pep band practiced on Oct. 9 from 7-9 p.m. with the freshmen who will play with the band during the homecoming game. However, pep band players are unconcerned about their performance on Friday. According to Djajatranata, there is no pressure.
“Pep band’s performance will really hype up school spirit,” Djajatranata said.
Junior Linda Su and Djajatranata have been part of pep band for two years. Su plays the flute and Djajatranata plays the euphonium. They participate in pep band because band director Thomas Slabaugh gives out extra points.
“I’m in symphonic band and I need the credit,” Su said.
This year, seniors Andy Miller and Armen Hovagimian will be leading the band at the parade and homecoming game.
While performances are informal, both Djajatranata and Su mentions the parade is known to be exciting yet exhausting.
“We marched down [Downtown Davis] and […] back, it was pretty hot but fun,” Su said.
Junior Ju-a Son plays the flute and has been part of pep band for three years. Son recalls playing at the parades and how it was entertaining despite walking in the hot weather. She believes the fun music, cool floats, friends and community joining together captures “that high school experience.”
“We not only want to support the football team on homecoming, but we also would like to get out there and let the school know who we are,” Djajatranata said.