By Sabina Padilla,
The pep band invited freshman from Harper, Holmes, Emerson and Da Vinci junior high to play with them on Sept. 26 for the homecoming game. One night of music and fun encourages the upcoming sophomores to join the band next year and throughout their high school career.
Freshman attended rehearsal on Sept. 25 before the game where they not only learned about five new songs, but they were also taught how to march by band director, Thomas Slabaugh.
It is pep bands job to engage the crowd and cheer on the team: cheerleaders with instruments instead of pom-poms. Not only does it keep the crowd entertained, but the new and old members of the band too.
“I liked getting to play all the little songs and do the cheers and marching,” freshman Jeffery Keller said. “This really encouraged me to do pep band next year.”
The freshman also enjoyed the different energy pep band has from the concert or jazz bands at their school.
“I loved the experience, and it really encouraged me,” freshman Grayson Mckim said. “The songs are a lot better than the ones we play now.