Drumline Brings New Rhythm to Campus Events
Note: This story was originally published in the
Spring 2014 issue of Berry magazine.
musical ensemble inspired by the addition of football as an intercollegiate
sport at Berry has added a rhythmic beat to many campus events. The Viking
Drumline made its debut to rave reviews at the inaugural football game in
September and quickly assumed an identity of its own.
“Drumline is cool, whether you like
sports or not,” said Dr. John David, drumline director and visiting assistant
professor of music.
“Everybody likes a groove. I think it’s been great for
school spirit – it gives you something to rally around.”
of four snare, two tenor and five bass drums accompanied by four cymbals, the
15-member group is the official musical ensemble for Berry athletics,
providing entertainment and helping spark fan excitement at events throughout
Two student percussionists,
Jordan Epperson and Austin Amandolia, admitted to being nervous about how the
group would be received. But after their first performance at the football
game, drumline members were flooded with praise and support.
people have continued to show excitement about what we are doing,” said
Amandolia, a freshman physics and chemistry major.
“I'm really thankful that everyone has allowed the
drumline to integrate itself into Berry's evolving culture,” added Epperson, a
sophomore marketing major and music minor.
The drumline’s popularity can be
measured by the more than 500 followers of its Facebook fan page, as well as
the numerous requests it receives to perform on campus and off. As a
performance outlet for music majors and non-majors alike, the ensemble
definitely has potential for future growth. David noted that there are plans to
add keyboard instruments and world percussion.
The group’s initial success has already
resulted in increased interest in Berry’s music program.
“The drumline has had a
very positive impact,” said Dr. Kris Carlisle, associate professor of
music and acting chair of fine arts. “It has helped to raise the
visibility of our music program.”
Story by Casey Cox (14C), then student editorial supervisor for Berry's philanthropic communications staff; artwork by Ryan Smith (00C).