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August 23, 2013

Missouri Southern forms alumni marching band

JOPLIN, Mo. — Former members of the Lion Pride Marching Band at Missouri Southern State University will soon have one more chance to represent their alma mater.

The university will form its first Lion Pride Alumni Band, which is scheduled to play at the Sept. 21 football game between the Lions and Lincoln University.

Everyone who has performed with the marching band is invited to join, said Brian Fronzaglia, director of athletic bands.

“This is our attempt to celebrate those people and establish a tradition of bringing them back to campus because if it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be doing what we’re doing,” he said.

The band will perform at the Sept. 21 game alongside the current Lion Pride Marching Band in selections of the 1970s song “Rubberband Man,” and the MSSU Alma Mater and Fight Song. Wayne Harrell, who is retired from the music department but still serves as an adjunct faculty member, will serve as the conductor.

The band will rehearse from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Fred G. Hughes Stadium. Its members will be invited to the Lion Pride’s tailgate from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m., with food and beverages provided by the athletic department.

Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 2:37 p.m. Tickets will be provided to band members.

There will be roles available for all band alumni, Fronzaglia said.

“We will have a color guard routine as well as a baton routine to accompany the music,” he said. “If you have sold or lost your instrument, do not worry because we can provide a limited number of instruments. Let us know that you will require an instrument and we will do our best to get one in your hands.”

Fronzaglia estimated the number of marching band alumni to be in the thousands.

“Back when the university really became established and started the Lion Pride Marching Band in the ’70s, it really was the thing to do on campus, so it had a rich tradition of being a very successful organization on campus,” he said.

For more information

Interested individuals should join the MSSU Alumni Band Facebook page or email with their name, address, phone number, instrument, the years they participated in the Lion Pride band and whether MSSU will need to provide an instrument.

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