Pep Band brings “pep” to home gamesPosted March 11, 2013 at 4:27 PM, Filed Under: Front Page, Schools, Village Mill
By Sarah Wilkinson
Started in the fall of 2012 by band students eager to share their support, the Pep Band provides spirited music for Clover Hill High School athletic teams. Thirty CHHS marching band members volunteer their time to play music to “pep” up the crowd and rally the players.
Senior Elizabeth King is pleased that without an actual instructor or practice time, the Pep Band is “just a bunch of friends doing what they love.” She says, “It’s all the fun of football games without the stress of needing uniforms.”
An average of 15 members of the band attend every home field hockey and basketball game and play fan favorites such as “Seven Nation Army,” “Land of a Thousand Dances” and “Fly like an Eagle.”
Senior Jackson Nell says the Pep Band’s positive effect on the student section has really made a difference. “The crowds get much more excited during timeouts and stay in the gym during halftime to hear us play,” Nell says.
Senior Julia Gallini thinks the Pep Band is positive for its members as well as to the student section. “It really is pretty amazing that people kept coming to games, and not just three or four kids,” says Gallini. “I think it shows how much we love what we do.”
Nell is looking forward to attending the upcoming season’s softball and baseball games. “We love supporting the school, and we love playing our instruments,” Nell says, “and we get into games for free.”
Because the Pep Band does not receive much recognition for its charitable efforts, Gallini bought a 4-foot trophy emblazoned with “Clover Hill Pep Band: World Champions,” which is proudly displayed in the band room. “We’re pretty proud of it because it represents the effort we gave without any adults nudging us or telling us what to do,” Gallini says. “It represents what Clover Hill kids are capable of all by themselves.”