Category: Marching Band / Pep Band
After weeks of preparation, the BU Marching Band premiered its 2014 show, “Ritmos de Fuego,” on September 27 and 28 to crowds in the Northeast. Our students traveled over 650 miles by bus to perform at two different shows for Fall Tour- Saturday, at New Milford High School in Connecticut as exhibition for a US Bands competition, and Sunday, at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Penn. for the 19th Annual Collegiate Marching Band Festival. Though the trip saw a venue change from recent years for the first stop, the different location meant that the band was able to sleep in an extra 4 hours before departure on Saturday, and still have plenty of rehearsal time in New Milford before the show. The first performance of the season took place that evening in Connecticut to a crowd of students, parents and marching band fans that made for the perfect first audience. We even had a BU musician that graduated from New Milford this past year, who received a warm welcome home and helped bring the groups a little closer.
Very early on Sunday morning, the band left a church in downtown New Milford after a wonderful breakfast from the band parents of the host school, and made their way to Allentown for a lunchtime performance. After a quick warm up in perfect fall weather, BU took the field for a second time that weekend and got the crowd clapping along to several sections of the Latin-themed show. We were also glad to hear and see many alumni of BU and the Marching Band in the crowd throughout the day!
The students spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying many other college bands and getting to see friends and family from all over, before taking the 6-hour trek back to BU through dinner and into the late evening. Though it was a long and packed weekend, the musicians got a few great performances of the show, and came back to BU closer and more prepared for another month of fun-filled performances!
To hear from some of the student musicians, and see what it’s like to be on Fall Tour first-hand, check out the wrap-up video below.
Featuring Music From:
The Bourne Identity
And other great films of the genre….
The 2012 Boston University Marching Band presents “Sounds of Our City” – A musical journey through the unique soundscape of Boston.
Featuring engaging music from every era of Boston; from the Revolutionary War, to the Irish Immigration of the 19th century, to the soul music of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s, to the world-renown rock bands that have put this musical city on the map.
Just another engaging, in-your-face, and entertaining show from Boston’s own Marching Band…..the “Sound of Boston”…..
the BOSTON UNIVERSITY MARCHING BAND!!
After six years as a member of the organization, both as a student and staff member, Zachary deVries has recently been appointed Acting Director of Athletic Bands at Boston University, where he directs the Marching Band, Pep Band, Scarlet Band and Winter Percussion Ensemble.
Zachary deVries grew up in Islip Terrace, New York, and received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. At Boston University, Mr. deVries served as the graduate assistant for the Boston University Bands and Music Organizations: two organizations which provide music making opportunities for over 500 non-music majors. As graduate assistant, Mr. deVries worked with the Marching Band, Pep Band, Scarlet Band, Concert Band and Big Band.
In addition to his work with the Boston University Bands, Mr. deVries is the Teaching Assistant for the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Tuba Euphonium Workshop and has served as the Boston Seminar Coordinator for the Atlantic Brass Quintet International Summer Seminar.
Mr. deVries is currently pursuing a masters degree in Music Education at Boston University. He has studied conducting with David Martins and William McManus. Mr. deVries is a student of Mike W. Roylance, principal tuba of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
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Got Music? Got Spirit? We got your Ticket! – Join the BU Pep Band
Our First meeting will be at 3:00pm on Saturday, October 3 (before the first hockey game). We will meet at Boston University Band Room and then proceed to the Agganis Arena for rehearsal and dinner.
- Red Hot Hockey – New York City
- Hockey at Fenway Park – Boston, Ma
- Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournament – Hartford, CT
- Beanpot Hockey: TD Garden Boston, MA
- Conference and NCAA Tournament Games
- Limited incentives and break housing available.
- Tuesday 9/29/09 6-7:30 pm
- Tuesday 10/6/09 6-7:30pm
- Tuesday 10/27/09 6-7:30pm