Listen to ‘The Sound of St. Cloud State,’ again

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


The Husky Sports Band released its third CD “The Sound of St. Cloud State” in May.

The 25-track CD includes music performances from the football and basketball seasons such as “University Hymn” by Amy Dale and Harvey Waugh, “Rawhide” by Ned Washington and Dimitri Tiomkin and “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond.

Band president Deondre Smiles, a senior from Maple Grove majoring in geography, said his favorite tracks on the disc are the drum cadences. “It shows off the drumline, and highlights the hard work we put in,” he said. Smiles also was a part of “The Sound of St. Cloud State” CD that was released in 2010.

More than 80 student musicians performed on the disc and they now have some semblance of an idea of what goes into releasing a CD, Smiles said. They certainly now know the pressures of playing to perfection.

“When you’re performing on the football field or in the stands, it’s live music and a mistake here and there won’t hurt anything. At a recording session, things

can drag on if the music isn’t absolutely perfect, so there’s pressure to perform at your absolute best,” Smiles said.

Pressure or not, Smile’s favorite part of being in the Husky Sports Band is twofold: “It’s great to be able to make music with your friends and help the Huskies win, all at the same time.”

Founded in 2006, the Husky Sports Band performs for athletic and campus community events. Glen Tuomaala is the director. Membership is open to university and local high school students.

“The Sound of St. Cloud State” is available for $10 at the information desk in Atwood Memorial Center and online at cdbaby. com/cd/huskysportsband. The songs also are available for download online.

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