PHILIPPI, W.Va. – The new marching band at Alderson-Broaddus, which kicks-off this fall, is just one of the new traditions beginning on the small campus as enrollment climbs to the 1,000 mark next year.
The Battler Band is under the leadership of Logan Lindsey, director of athletic bands, assistant professor of music, and jazz director at the College. Lindsey is one of the most sought after marching band drill writers in the region, and is known for his creative and entertaining music performances.
A-B’s music program has a long standing history of excellence throughout a large region, and the marching band will only elevate that presence. Lindsey says he is actively recruiting students to play in the first-ever marching band at Alderson-Broaddus.
“The new marching band is looking to have students of any major participate and support their new alma mater, the rapidly growing athletic programs, and the surrounding communities all while creating life-long friendships with other members,” he said. “The band will maintain a high level of integrity in performance, making it a welcomed step for those looking for a fun, creative, and high energy atmosphere.”
The marching band will also include color guard and majorettes which will be led by Nicki Evans, assistant director. Evans is a world-class performer and teacher of color guard on both the football field and the indoor arena.
A-B is offering marching band students the highest participation award (for non-music majors) than any other marching band in W.Va., Va., Pa., Md., and Ohio. Any marching band member, color guard, majorette, or front ensemble percussionist is eligible to receive these awards.
Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Dennis Creehan is one of the band’s biggest supporters on campus.
"No football game is complete without an outstanding marching band along with the majorettes, color guard, dance, and cheer squads,” says Creehan. “The football team hopes to be the best ally for the marching band and we look forward to all of the new and exciting traditions that the band and football team will share together."
One of those traditions is developing a new fight song which the College currently lacks.
“I am currently writing the music and later this semester we are hosting a campus-wide contest for lyrics,” said Lindsey. “Students will have the opportunity to hear the melody and then write lyrics to accompany it. The student body will then vote on their favorite.”
Along with the fight song, new drum cadences, cheers, uniforms, and dynamic half-time shows will debut during the 2013 season. The Battler Band will march a full pre-game as well as the half time performance which will be a creative blend of styles that will supply the next step for high school marching band members and also provide an entertaining show for their audiences.
The marching band will showcase brand new uniforms, instruments and equipment for all participants. The first-ever drumline will also be playing Dynasty percussion with a custom shell only found at A-B. The Battler Band will perform and rehearse in the College’s new multi-million dollar, multi-sport performance stadium on state-of-the-art turf field.
Lindsey says all high school seniors looking for the opportunity to participate in the marching band at the collegiate level, should have Alderson-Broaddus at the top of their lists.
“Imagine yourself after the football game in our new stadium singing the alma mater with the football team, cheerleaders, and all of the Battler Band members,” he said. “The pride of being in the first of a long tradition of excellence for A-B’s marching program is a once in a lifetime feeling.”
The Battler Band will unveil the newest Alderson-Broaddus traditions at the first home football game, which will be televised, on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. Any students interested in being a part of the inaugural season should contact Logan Lindsey via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .