Strike Up the Band!

Dec 9th, 2013 | By | Category: Lead Story

BY Courtney Gross ’17

After the success of both the drum line in 2011 and small pep squad in 2012, Wesley expanded its musical presence with an official marching band. This new expansion, in addition to the cheerleaders, has proven to rally the crowd and boost the already high spirits during the games.

“Students and families only have positive things to say about the new band,” said Wesley Band Director Brian Cass.

After arriving at Wesley a week early, the band of about 30 students is prepared to perform at not only home football games, but also showcases and parades.

The marching band welcomes musicians from all areas of study, not only music majors. “Wesley is excited to provide students with another outlet to express themselves and their personality,” Cass explained.

All of this would not have been possible without a significant and generous donation from Wesley alumnus Joan (Lefever) Bennett ’60. Her support helped the music department purchase new uniforms and instruments for the band and the additional funds have helped pay for renovations in Wesley Chapel.

“We are so grateful for Joan’s support of the music department and the College,” said Wesley College President William N. Johnston.

Bennett graduated from Wesley with her Associate of Arts degree and fondly recalls being one of six students who would drive up to New Jersey, dressed in their white dresses, and sing at Sunday brunch. Bennett was also one of the first disc jockeys for Wesley’s campus radio station, WSLY. She even had her own show, “Soothing Sounds of WSLY,” that aired weeknights. She sang in Wesley’s choir and because of the impact the music department has had on her life, she is an ardent supporter of the arts. She, among others in the college community, is certainly excited to see the growth of the music department.

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