Pioneer Spirit Marching Band announces fall performance schedule

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When members of the Malone University marching band return to campus on August 14 for band camp, they will launch the 25th year of the program at Malone.

The Pioneer Spirit Marching Band was established in 1994 and will continue this fall with a full schedule of performances.

“Many people asked when the University eliminated intercollegiate football whether or not that meant that we were lessening our commitment to marching bands,” said Director of Bands Otis French. “Nothing could be further from the truth. Our band is in growth mode and we will have a full schedule of performances at band shows and high school football games. Our performance opportunities have actually increased for this year compared to last.”

Completing their first year in leading the program, French and Associate Director Jason Wyse have increased the emphasis on recruiting high school students interested in band and worked hard to retain upperclassmen.

“We’re thrilled to return everyone to the program from the year before,” said Wyse. “I think that says something about the experience provided to students. The band will be larger this year and we’re seeing increased interest overall.”

A full slate of activities have been planned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of marching band at Malone, including a call for former members of the band to return to their alma mater to play a show with the current band. More information about those celebratory events will be released as finalized in the coming weeks.

In addition to performances on Malone's campus, the Pioneer Spirit Marching Band will perform this fall as the featured collegiate band at:

Sept. 14 – Jackson High School Band Show, 6 p.m.
Sept. 21 – Stow High School Band Show, 6 p.m.
Sept. 27 – Fairless High School football game halftime performance, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 – East Palestine High School football game halftime performance, 6 p.m.
Oct. 4 – Sandy Valley High School football game halftime performance, 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 – Orrville High School Band Show, 6:30 p.m.