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, Dec. 2-3.

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 2013 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 halftime selections will include music of the classic rock band Blood, Sweat and Tears, music from the hit musical and movie “Les Miserables,” a couple of jazz rock-fusion tunes from the group CHASE, and a selection composed for the WVU Band by Emmy Award-winning “Star Trek” and film composer Jay Chattaway, an alumnus of the WVU School of Music.

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.

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.



CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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