BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College has announced the addition of a marching band for the 2013-14 academic year, according to Bethany President Dr. Scott D. Miller. The Stampede Marching Band will be directed by J. Matthew White, lecturer in music at Bethany.
“Bethany College is very pleased to announce this exciting new addition to the music program. It’s another great example of the how we seek to improve the opportunities provided to our students inside and outside of the classroom,” said Dr. Miller. “Matthew provides the leadership and musical skills necessary to launch this new endeavor.”
White currently serves as the director for the Pep Band and Wind Ensemble. He also provides instruction for Bethany students who study brass woodwind and percussion instruments. With 20 years experience teaching and performing with instrumental groups that range from elementary bands, middle school bands and high school bands to Trinidadian steel drum bands, jazz bands, woodwind, brass and percussion ensembles, White brings an expansive knowledge to the newest performance option in the Music program at Bethany.
“As part of the start-up we will be purchasing 5 brand new Yamaha 13x11” SFZ Marching snares, 3 brand new Yamaha Field Corp Quints, 4 brand new Yamaha Field corp series bass drums, 4 sets of brand new Zildjian stadium crash cymbals and 4 brand new King model 1140MW convertible tubas” said White. “I cannot wait to see the Bethany Marching Band march into Bison Stadium on a September afternoon, kick into the fight song and get the whole stadium hyped.”
The Stampede will make its debut at the first home football game of the 2013 season, September 21, 2013, when the Bison take on Randolph-Macon in Bison Stadium.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.