The West Virginia University Marching Band, under the direction of Jay Drury, will present its annual “Keynotes Concerts” at the Creative Arts Center, Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 30 & Dec. 1.

The concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre and will feature the Band’s full complement of brass, woodwinds, percussion, flags and feature twirlers. They will perform musical highlights from the 2009 football season, including favorite pre-game and halftime music.

Special performances by each of the Band’s sections, including percussion, saxophones, trumpets, and piccolos, among others, are especially popular with the audience, as are the outstanding performances by the twirlers.

The award-winning WVU Mountaineer Marching Band, also known as “The Pride of West Virginia,” enjoys the reputation as one of the outstanding groups on the WVU campus. Most of the students in the Band come from various states up and down the eastern United States. These students are enrolled in the various colleges at the University, and, in fact, represent almost every major the University has to offer.

Some of the 2009 half-time music to be featured in the concerts includes “Star Trek Opener,” “Fanfare from ET,” “Star Trek Generations,” “Reeling in the Years,” “Magic Carpet Ride,” “Boogie Down,” “Santa Esmarelda,” “CAC Pseudo March,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” and “Fate of the Gods.” It also includes a Karaoke Medley, featuring Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” and “Only the Good Die Young,” “Copacabana,” “Mickey,” “Thriller,” and “Sweet Caroline.”

The esprit de corps of the WVU Marching Band and the enthusiastic response of the audiences to the sight and sound of the Band have made it one of the most respected organizations on the WVU campus. All these features contribute to the success of the “Pride of West Virginia” and show why it is considered one of the premier collegiate marching bands in the nation.

For tickets and information, call the WVU Box Office at (304)293-SHOW.



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CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
304-293-4841 ext. 3108,