4 The Compass Wednesday, Decembers, 1992
On the move and in the groove:
ECSU's Mighty Marching Band
By Steven C. Cooke
AND!" the drum major
bers answered, in unison.
These words resounded across cam
pus as the mighty Elizabeth City State
University Marching Band prepared to
head to Roebuck Stadium to perform at
the Homecoming game on Ort. 31.
With four shrill whistles and four stick
clicks from the drummers, a driving ca
dence began, and the band marched wi th
fierce intensity to the field.
Led by drum majors Tim Mosley and
A1 Chandler—and under the direction of
Dr. Gary L. Callahan and Assistant Band
Director Mr. L. Anthony Johnson—^the
band performed such songs as 1 LC's
"Baby-Baby-Baby," "Never Satisfied" by
Good to Go, Michael Jackson's "TKriller,"
"In The Stone" by Ea^ Wind and Fire, R.
Kelley's "Honey Love" andpartsof "They
Want EFX" by rappers Das EFX.
With their characteristic precision
marching drillsand music,combined with
the dazzling flag routines and the vividly
choreographed dance routines, the
Marching Vikings have performed excit
ing shows not only at home but at schools
such as NC Central, Bowie State, and The
University of Kentucky against Central
State of Ohio.
Since Callahan's first year here in 1990
the band has increased from 35 members
tol02 members in 1992. Not all of the
members are music majors, all majore on
campus are represented in the band
lies in the large size of this year's fresh
man class, said Callahan.
"We've gone from three trumpets to
SIX trumpets to fifteen," Callahan said.
The band s larger size allows for "more
music and better drill patterns," and
"givesabetterlookand sound," headded
The larger size of the band makes the
tend better able to perform when mem
bers are out sick, said Callahan. "It's not
as critical when people miss practice " he
From adirecting standpoint, the larger
size makes Callahan's job more difficult
since having more members "makes it
harder to manage." However Callahan is
quick to add, "It's also more exciting."
More membersalso enhances "thequal-
ity of musical performance," according
to assistant band director Johnson.
gives more power to the chords in the
song," Johnson explained. "The more
upper woodwinds gives sti-ength in ac
centing the stiing-like parts of the music
^th Callahan and Johnson praise the
dedication of band members
'They work long and hard to make the
btudent band members say the band is
TIk band instils a little bie of spirit in
the school," says Jo Ann Johnikins,aj®’
ior business major who plays darinet.
In addition to enhancing the scboo
as one of the universit/s most en^
biggest recruitment tools, say Cal
"This year the band has even
visibility," said Johnson,
have traveled more." This year the
has played at games as far away as
tucky and Maryland. , |
Playing in the band isn't easy. Stu
band members must practice an
and a half daily five days a week “
Marching Band season. They also
night practice from seven to nine p
So why do students do it? |
"I got interested in band
wanted to dance and play," saw
Alec Harding, who plays trumpet o
Harding said he was also ^
the band's "high-stepping" ^
ing. His high school band nnardi
"corp" style, he added.