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NOTE OF THANKS
I am a Fayetteville State University graduate working in the Office of Financial Aid and a strong supporter of FSU athletics. I wish to commend Mr. William
Woods, the Fayetteville State University Band Director, for the outstanding job he has done of organizing an FSU Pep Band.
This note is to thank the FSU Athletic Supporters listed below who contributed to the fund raising campaign we started December 8, 1994. This campaign
to purchase shirts for the thirty (30) members of the FSU Pep Band, fondly known as “THE FSU BRONCO EXPRESS , was a complete success.
Because of your financial support, we ordered and paid for thirty (30) shirts December 22, 1994. The FSU Bronco Express members were proudly dressed
in their new shirts Saturday, February 3, 1995 at the FSU versus Shaw basketball game.
My personal thanks to you because you played an important role in giving the members of the FSU Bronco Express the appearance of “Proud Broncos, thus
making this vision for the FSU Bronco Express a reality.
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Mrs. Rubye L. Thornton
Mr. James W. Waldon
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FSU Bronco Express... you look great and you sound great. Keep up the great work.
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Office of Financial Aid
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From Page I
DeVas, the Company Manager, and several mem
bers of the ensemble.
Lance Snead (LS): So how’s the tour so far?
Sylvia Waters (SW): It’s been going very well. Very
successfully, few injuries, wonderful audience...
LS: Whoa, few injuries?
SW: Very few injuries is what I said. It happens
sometimes. It’s a lot of stress and strain sometimes
on the body. We’ve traveled lots and lots of miles.
We travel basically by bus. But the audiences have
been fabulous, have been wonderfully responsive.
[The] dancers have preformed really beautifully. I’m
really pleased with the way everything’s going. Quite
smoothly, I feel.
LS: Now, is this group [the Ensemble] here the core
group, the cream of the crop, or is this one exten
sion of the major organization, or is this some ran
dom people who can do the dance well?
SW: They’re definitely not random people. They’re
all hand picked from the students of the scholarship
program at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Cen
ter. This is really the official preforming unit of the
American Dance Center. Our parent company, the
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, has thirty
dancers and that was founded by Alvin in 1958. This
company was started in 1974.
LS: Whenever somebody mentions “Alvin Ailey
Dance Ensemble”, it’s like God is about to come to
town. I personally have not seen many [of your
group’s] performances, so I don’t feel that “Whoa
boy, they’re coming” feeling.
‘'They're all hand picked from
the students of the scholarship
program at the Alvin Ailey
American Dance Center. ”
SW: I feel what Alvin has contributed to dance is
first of all, it was very important to him that no one
was excluded from the benefits and the enjoyments
of dance. He really used dance as a language. He
was a very theatrical person and a real genius cho
reographer who had a vision that when he danced
about people, it was also for people. It wasn’t for a
special group of people. I guess you can say his work
is very accessible. Also he really exposed a lot of
choreographers. It wasn’t a single choreographer
company. It was really about...more than himself.
So there’s always a lot of variety in the Ailey com
pany, a lot of dance styles and musical styles.
LS: What’s a typical day for you, for the group?
SW; When we’re on tour, if we’re not traveling.
we’re at the theater rehearsing, taking class, prepar
ing for that evening’s performance.
LS: [to DeVas] Any thoughts on the day, any ex
DeVas: Basically the tour’s been going very, very
well. [It’s] really amazing how much of a turn
out it has been. This is not a typical [day] at all,
about the response the Rep. Ensemble has been
getting. It’s really nice. It’s very, very nice.
I asked Jason T. Reynolds, one of the Ensemble
dancers, about living up to reputation of an Alvin
Ailey performer. He had this to say: “Knowing
that people expect a lot from you makes you work
even harder and give a better performance. With a
company with a name like this [the Alvin Ailey
Repertory Ensemble], you’re always proving your
self. We always work very hard.”
I asked Lynn Jackson about gifts the Ensemble
has received in the past and along the tour. “It [re
ceiving special gifts] doesn’t happen to us that of
ten. That’s why when it does happen, it’s very nice.
It’s not like every place we go they do that. That’s
why we appreciate it when it happens because it
Joseph McClintock had this comment.
Everyone’s been very nice, and we were very well
received. Everyone’s been very kind, and the per
formance [by the F.S.U. Dance Troupe] was really
nice...I wouldn’t just say that.”