Husky pride put to music
Monday, April 3, 2006
No audition is required, according to the director of the new Husky Sports Band, which has begun playing at select sporting and campus events. Members only need a positive attitude, strong work ethic and good attendance, Professor Glen Tuomaala, music, told the University Chronicle as the band was being formed. “We can have five people or we can have 500.”
The band is open to all SCSU and St. Cloud Technical College students, faculty members, staff and alumni, as well as students in grades 9-12. Weekly rehearsals began Feb. 7 in anticipation of the group’s premiere at the men’s and women’s basketball games March 1.
The Husky Sports Band will promote school spirit, said Tuomaala, but also will offer challenge and excitement for its members.
Alumnus Royce Nies ’71, Sartell, is back on the saxophone as a member of the new band. He’s happy to toot his horn for the Huskies: he’s a former president of the Huskies Booster Club, a community support group for all SCSU athletics, and a few years ago he and about 15 others formed a sports band that was disbanded after they decided it was too small to provide the oomph they desired.
Nies pointed out that he’d be at the games anyway. “I’d either be in the band or in the stands,” he said, as he’s had hockey, football and basketball season tickets for at least 25 years.