The musical selections at sporting events can often be some of the most exciting aspects of games. Lifting spirits, firing up the fans and engaging the crowd, the Bobcat Marching Band is a beloved and important part of football season many members of the community. Kyle Glaser, associate director of bands, discusses what students can expect from the band this fall.
AR: How many members are in the band this season?
KG: We have 332 members this year, including 252 woodwind and brass players. It’s the largest Bobcat Marching Band (BMB) of all time, so it’s a really exciting time for the band.
AR: Can anyone join the band?
KG: Generally, yes. We have auditions for sections, color guard and drumline. Some auditions start in the spring for the fall season, and some cuts are made, but generally anyone can join the band as long as they have a strong musical background and are willing to work hard.
AR: How often does the band practice?
KG: We have a preseason camp that starts about 10 days before school begins. In that camp, there’s about 70 hours of instruction and practice time, so really long sessions all through the day. Then when the school year starts, we practice three times a week for about two and a half hours a day.
AR: What can we expect from the upcoming marching season? Do you typically stick to the same songs or does it vary by year?
KG: Both. There are a few things that are very interesting this year. We have the biggest band of all time. We have two halftime shows. One is Las Vegas-themed, so there’s going to be a lot of upbeat Vegas charts. The other halftime show features selections by Billy Joel. Of course, we also have our traditional pregame show that features all of the classic Texas State spirit songs. We’re also doing an alumni band. It will be held during our second home game, so Sept. 28. It’ll feature an alumni band, including both BMB alumni and other musically inclined former students.
AR: How do you pick musical selections and themes for the year? Is it just the band directors who pick music or do the students help?
KG: The instructional staff gets together, and we discuss concepts at the end of the spring semester. We do look for input from the band students. We’ll have a meeting and discuss the upcoming year. They also fill out a survey that asks about the year and show themes they would be interested in performing. Then we also have to balance it with what would work for a football crowd. It’s a lot different than parade-type elements or other sounds. We always want to pick selections that would go over well in Bobcat Stadium.