The WVU Marching Bands oldest band member is profiled in the Jan. 21 issue of People, which appears on newsstands this week.


Larry Schwab, the bands 61-year-old baritone horn player, is featured in a one-page article that includes a photograph.


Schwab, a Morgantown ophthalmologist, has been a part-time WVU student for the past two years so he could re-kindle his involvement in the”Pride of West Virginia.”He last played with the band in 1962 as an undergraduate student.


“I never got it out of my system,”he says in the magazine piece.


Schwab is a 1962 graduate of the WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and a 1966 graduate of the WVU School of Medicine. He served as parade marshal at last falls Homecoming Parade.


The band is celebrating its 100th anniversary this academic year. The band formed in 1901 as an eight-man ROTC band and has grown over the years to its present size of more than 350 young men and women. In 1997, the unit gained national recognition when it was awarded the John Philip Sousa Foundations Sudler Trophy, considered the Heisman Trophy for marching bands.