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Shelby Guidry

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The University of South Alabama’s Jaguar Marching Band will celebrate its 10th season during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Dr. William Petersen, associate director of bands and director of athletic bands, has been with the JMB for the past six seasons. During his time with the JMB, he has seen the band grow from every angle.

“The first year the band started, in 2009, there were no traditions, and no members,” Peterson said. “Everything started from scratch. My predecessor was expect-
ing about 110-120 members, but started with nearly 140.”

Since 2009, the band has grown with members joining from all over the country, according to Petersen. “

The JMB has been consistently growing [from] over 200 members in 2012 to the 250-member band we have today,” Petersen said.

The growing size of the JMB parallels with the growing sup- port from the university, fans and coaches, according to Petersen.
Coach Campbell showed his support and connection with the JMB through his words at the spring game on April 14.

“As a band, we are excited for the arrival of Coach Steve Camp- bell, and he has already made a great impression on the JMB at the Spring Game when he came over and spoke to the members,” Petersen said. “We have wonderful support from Dr. Waldrop and the entire university administration. Without their support, the excel- lence of the JMB would not happen.”

Another tradition of the band took place during the spring game: the passing of the mace to the new drum major.

For its 10th season, the JMB is doing things a little differently by adding a second drum major to the podium.

Carson Watson, former drum major of three years, passed her mace along to the two new drum majors for the 2018-2019 season, Alex Linton and Jonah Hadaway.

“I believe the addition of a second and drum major will add a new dynamic to the JMB that we haven’t seen before,” Watson said. “It will allow the pressures of the position to rest on two people instead of just one. As a result, I believe this will segue into more e ective leadership over a 250 plus member marching
band.”

Linton and Hadaway both expressed their excitement for the JMB’s 10th season.

“It’s really hard to believe the JMB has only been around for nine years,” Linton said. “It has come such a long way in those nine years and continues to grow. I am so honored to have been able to experience this growth in the rst ten years and cannot wait to see what is to come for this organization in the future.”

“I am honored to be chosen as an assistant drum major, and it is a privilege to serve such a remark- able group of people,” Hadaway said. “As the 10th season ap- proaches, I can’t think of anything else besides the legacy the JMB leaves each and every year.”

The JMB’s 10th season has some exciting upcoming performances and plans to use this season to better connect with the fans at football games, according to Petersen.

“A point of emphasis for us this summer is working on ways to add excitement in the stands,” Petersen said. “With having games in Ladd-Peebles Stadium, sometimes the actual process of leaving campus as a fan to go downtown can make it hard to get into the game right away. We want to work to engage all fans from the first moment they step on the grounds at Ladd and in the stadium.”

The JMB uses popular music and songs to connect with the audience. Last year, the band performed a Queen show which featured “Seven Seas of Rye,” “Crazy Little ing Called Love,” “Fat Bottom Girls,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” e JMB plans to rock this season with a variety of “dance music, some jazz, some classical, some top 40, some classic rock a bit of everything,” Petersen said.
is year, the JMB plans to host an alumni band for past JMB members.

“I am very excited about our rst ever JMB Alumni Band,” Pe- tersen said. “With the 10th anni- versary of football and marching band, we think it’s the right time to start the Alumni Band and have them join us on the eld for homecoming. ere have been thousands of USA students who have marched in the JMB these past nine seasons and we want to welcome them back, honor them for their contributions, and make that connection with the current band and develop a strong bond with campus.”

Watson is excited to view the band from the stands this year instead of on the podium, as well as take part in the Alumni Band. “I’m most excited to be ableto watch the new pre-game runout,” Watson said. “I’m also excited to see that this year the JMB will host its very rst Alumni Band, which I can’t wait to be a part of.”

Saturday, Sept. 1 will kick-o Jaguar football’s 10th season against Louisiana Tech. For more information about the JMB and its legacy, please visit the JMB website at southalabama. edu/colleges/music/marching- band.

 

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