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By Anna Farha, entertainment editor
Photos by Ellen Robb
Strike up the band and give a cheer for the Owls.
Murphy Tetley, instructor of management information systems, wanted to
encourage William Woods University students to take pride in their school, so
he organized a pep band to play at home basketball games.
“It is important, as a university, that we have all the school-spirit-related
things, and the pep band was the logical next step,” says Tetley.
Instruments played by the pep band include three trumpets, three
saxophones, two piccolos, a flute, a trombone, a bass, an electric bass, the
drums, and a French horn, which Tetley plays.
Made up of students, faculty/staff and community members, it is open to
everyone. The WWU Parliament Pep Band was chosen as the name to tie in
with the university’s owl mascot. A parliament is a group of owls.
The band has a diverse group of members who all have various reasons for
joining the band. Most of the members are current and former members of
their high school bands.
“I wanted to play for the college experience and meeting new people,” said
Zackery Oliver, trumpet player. An alumnus of Fulton High School, he played
in the band there.
Susan Jackson, a WWU junior from Bonne Terre, Mo., said, “I’ve been playing
in pep band since high school so coming to college, I wanted to continue the
school spirit and keep playing.”
Jackson, a drummer, added, “I feel like the band can give the players energy
and motivation during the game. Music has a way of doing that to people,
whether it be at a game, cleaning house or doing homework.”
Self-proclaimed “band nerds,” Dan and Katie Harris Kreienheder both hold
degrees in music education from Central Methodist University. Katie is a
2005 graduate of Fulton High School, and the couple have lived in Fulton
since they got married in 2010.
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Murph Tetley plays his mellophone.