Turn it up: new student pep band amplifies Forester pride at home athletic events

As if Forester fans weren’t loud enough, a newly established student pep band now pumps up the volume – and energy – even more during some home athletic events.

The group of 14 students formed last semester and held five rehearsals before making its debut appearance at the women’s hockey game on Saturday, January 19, where they played popular rock anthems and pop songs and even revived the College fight song. A student-generated idea, it is led by Lauren Sanford ‘15 and was officially approved as the College’s newest student organization on Thursday, February 7. 

Sanford said the best part about being involved is watching the fans’ reactions to the music and spending time with friends.

Many of the students double as members of the College’s band and participated in their high school’s marching bands. In fact, that’s how they got ideas for some of the songs they play, songs that people know and can dance to, Sanford said.

This winter, the pep band has performed at men’s and women’s basketball and hockey games. In the future, members hope to make appearances at a few home games each athletic season, said faculty advisor Scott Edgar, also an assistant professor of music.

Edgar and Sanford both say they appreciate the support they have received from Athletics, which had a stage built in the bleachers of the ice arena specifically for the band’s use. 

All necessary instruments are accounted for, but more students of varying musical talents are welcome to join by contacting Sanford or Edgar. 

“I’ll teach anyone to hit a cowbell,” Edgar said.

The pep band will perform at the men’s hockey game on Saturday, February 9, the men’s and women’s basketball games on Tuesday, February 12, and the men’s hockey game on Saturday, February 16.