Largest marching band in ASU history prepares for debut

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- This year Arkansas State University will have the largest marching band in the history of the school.

As ASU players prepare to take the field tomorrownight so does the marching band. The marching band now has 220 members and thedirector said they are hoping the band will continue to grow.

"They have been practicing now for several weeks andthey finally get to put on their uniform and they finally get to perform infront of thousands of people," said director or bands at Arkansas State, Timothy Oliver.

For Freshman ErikGiddens, Saturday night's will be his first performance as a Red Wolf.

"I'm pretty excited. I've never done anything withthis big of people and it's going to be pretty fun," Giddens said.

He said he knew he wanted to be a part of theband when he was accepted into ASU.

"I was in band in high school and then I just sawthis band on You tube and stuff and I just figured this is the one," Giddens said.

Oliver said being inthe marching band is no longer meant for just music majors.

"They literally represent all majors from A to Zaccounting to zoology," he said.

But it's more than just the shiny uniform that drivestudents to the band.

"It is an infectious environment that they can comeand support the Red wolves, they can come and meet a whole lot of new peoplefrom across campus, and it's just a great experience," said marching band director, Dr. Sarah Labovitz.

She said forthe past six years the bands has been getting bigger every year. But this yearthey are bringing something different.

"All six of the home games will have a differenttheme or a different show," she said.

For the firsthome game, the band is taking it back to the 80's.

"The biggest thing to listen for this year is thatwe have increased the amount of stand tunes we are playing in the standsdramatically," Labovitz said.

Oliver said he is glad to see so many students be a partof the band.

"The fact that here we are well over 100 years into ourhistory and we are now reaching a new milestone as far as enrollment," he said.

ASU will kick off their first home game tomorrow at6 against the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

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