A steady beat... The marching band returns in style

September 16, 2015

 This fall, the Olivet College community can look forward to not just the sound of bright carillon chimes across campus.

 

After more than 30 years of silence, a loud buzz of excitement among students, staff and alumni has been generated by the return of the Olivet College Marching Comets.

 

Director of Bands Jeremy Duby, M.D. has especially taken note of the “electric energy on campus that’s been missing.”

 

After working to develop the nine-member athletic band into a 27-member marching band – a remarkable 200 percent growth since first undertaking his position in 2013 – Duby anticipates the marching band having a “much larger role in game day” this fall, beginning with leading the football team down to The Cutler Event Center, pumping up tailgaters with musical cheers and performing both a pregame and halftime show performance.

 

For students like junior Nicholas Harmon, the opportunity to continue participating in marching band at a collegiate level, and to become a member of an organization that is a fast-growing focal point of school pride across campus, has been a large draw.