Now that Lawrence Technological University has reintr
oduced basketball to its athletics program, the next logical step is to bring back a student band to play at home games.
The LTU Pep Band made its debut during Homecoming Week in October and will be playing at the men’s and women’s basketball games played at Ridler Field House.
The 25 inaugural members include many upperclassmen who were already here at LTU, and a strong contingent of freshmen should provide the band’s core for years to come. Partial scholarships are available to band members who participate in all rehearsals and games.
The band director is Anthony Case, a music teacher and performer who is also the elementary band director for the Warren Consolidated School District. “This is a very talented, energetic and enthusiastic group of college students. They aim for precision and accuracy,” Case said.
Dean of Students Kevin Finn and his staff helped bring together this first group of LTU musicians. A few band members are former students of Case, and he has already started recruiting so that next year’s band will be larger.
Case would like to add a wind ensemble and jazz band in the future.