HOMECOMING: Pep band boosts excitement

The pep band plays at last year's Homecoming game. (Courtesy photo: M. Wong)
The pep band plays at last year’s Homecoming game. (Courtesy photo: M. Wong)

By Jamie Moddelmog,
Bluedevilhub.com Staff–

The Davis High pep band may be in the background, but it is certainly never silent. As the football players prepare for the big game this Friday and many DHS students prepare to cheer them on, the pep band is getting ready to add extra excitement.

“At the end of the day, we’re there to bring the hype,” senior and pep band leader Teddy Knox said.

During the hectic Homecoming week, the pep band has three major responsibilities: play at the Homecoming rally, at the parade and at the football game on Friday as the Blue Devils take on Sheldon.

“The football game is the most important event of the week,” Knox said. At the game, freshmen band members are allowed to join the pep band.

Thomas Slabaugh, director of all three DHS bands, says that pep band is a great way to meet people, either from other schools or other bands. Slabaugh, who used to lead his high school’s pep band, guides students in song selection, but says that he trains students to do as much as they can by themselves.

“We keep the energy high and keep the cheers running. It’s fun to have a large group giving live music,” Knox said. “Our pep band is ballin’.”

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