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Newly Formed Pep Band Adds to the Competitive Spirit of the Games

Newly Formed Pep Band Adds to the Competitive Spirit of the Games

NOTRE DAME, IN (January 23, 2012)  The familiar tune of When the Saints Go Marching In filled the McKenna Arena as the Holy Cross College pep band made its debut during the men's and women's basketball games against Roosevelt University, last Thursday night.

The student-run band is led by sophomore Terron Phillips of South Bend.  Phillips, a trumpet player in the University of Notre Dame Marching Band, had the concept of forming a pep ensemble last year, as a freshman.  He saw the need for student support at the games, as well as musical entertainment, and pride in the college.  After discussing his proposal with Athletic Director and Men's Basketball Coach, Bob Schermerhorn, Terron set out finding members and writing his own original scores for the pep band.

A year later, Terron's idea came to fruition...and the music played.  Musicians include Holy Cross members of the Notre Dame marching band, as well as students who had formerly played in their high school bands.  The Saints Pep Band also includes one of our own men's varsity soccer players and triplet Holy Cross Army ROTC Cadets.  The Saints band is comprised of seniors Melissa Bromley, Robert Field, and Patrick Monahan, juniors Devin Johndrow and Alex Szotko, sophomores Khiry Hollowell, Allen Jozwiak, Matthew Jozwiak, Randy Jozwiak, and Terron Phillips, and freshman Emily Langford.

These spirited band members not only entertained the crowd with their music, but provided for an energetic student cheering section in support of both Saints basketball teams.  The traditional "Swoosh" was offered up by the band section during Holy Cross free throws;  "Left, right, left, right", was chanted when an opposing team member who fouled out walked off the court; and songs such as Black and Yellow (aka Maroon and Silver), All I Do Is Win, the Holy Cross Fight Song, and the Holy Cross Alma Mater were performed with pride.

"That band of 11 talented and lively musicians makes a huge difference in the competitive spirit of the games", Dr. T.S. Holland, Executive Vice President stated.  She went on to say, "It's obvious they're having fun while they entertain the fans and cheer on our teams.  For something that older colleges might take for granted, I was bursting with pride." 

The band truly enriched the evening's contests and will continue to play at all home basketball games.  Terron hopes the pep ensemble becomes a long-lasting tradition at Holy Cross that will carry on year after year.  Phillips will continue recruiting future band members, and indicated he already has high school seniors interested in playing for Holy Cross next year.  Students interested in joining the Holy Cross Pep Band should contact Terron Phillips at tphillips@hcc-nd.edu.

From a fledgling institution that added residence-life just 13 short years ago, Holy Cross has gone on to add campus ministry, student activities, an athletic program, four-year baccalaureate degrees, and now a collegiate pep-band, during the last decade.  As Holy Cross College, its students, and its programs progress and move forward throughout the years, may the band continue to play on.

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Holy Cross College is a Catholic, four-year, co-educational, liberal arts institution founded in 1966 by the Brothers of Holy Cross.  With a 13:1 faculty/student ratio, students find personal attention from professors who care about their success. The college focuses on the holistic development of the mind, body, and spirit.  Baccalaureate students must complete four requirements before graduation-a professional internship to develop their real-world qualifications, service experiences to develop their compassion, an international experience to expand their horizons, and a senior Capstone presentation to sum up their learning outcomes and attest to a panel of faculty and business leaders that they are ready for life after college. With a campus adjoining St. Mary's College and the University of Notre Dame, Holy Cross College provides the best of both worlds-a close-knit, small college atmosphere with the resources and social opportunities of a large university.