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The Pitt Band actually falls under the athletic department, so here's news for people that might care about the Jack Anderson's replacement.
"We are very pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Brad Townsend as the Band Director at the University of Pittsburgh. Brad is a proven professional with more than two decades of collegiate experience. Most recently, he spent the past decade at Oregon State University as the Director of Athletic Bands. Brad grew up in Western Pennsylvania and is excited to return home to be near family and friends. We had tremendous candidates for this position and that made this selection extra special. We are fortunate to attract such a well-respected individual for this important responsibility. Jack Anderson set such a high bar while directing the Pitt Band and Brad is enthusiastically committed to maintaining that high standard as we move into the future.
Please join us in welcoming Brad to the Pitt family."
This post was edited by CrazyPaco 15 months ago
When I read the title I thought this was going to be our new Defensive Coordinator.
Hope he doesn't bring any of that Pac-10 bull sh*t over here.
thanks for the info
Wow, kinda shocking. Everything I heard was that they were just going to promote from within and there would be no changes.
I'm not a huge band guy and I've never met Dr. Anderson but everything I've heard indicates that the guy loved Pitt more than just about anyone on the planet so I thank him for his decades of service. However, IMO our band is really stale and I'm looking forward to a new style.
The options to promote from within were... less than stellar.
Anderson was at almost every football practice I attended.
I agree, I am not that up to date on all things bandwise...But a good marching band like you see at OSU, etc. can set a tone at the beginniing of the game.....I think..
Pitt was getting stale in that department
I am curious what specific issues you guys have with the band. I often see posts here and elsewhere that they are stale or suck, but it usually lacks substance.
Additionally, the lack of a music program and/or scholarship opportunities for band members should be taken into consideration.
You've got to be kidding me.
75% of Pitt's fans don't even know Pitt has a band. They're still drinking in the parking lots while the band is on the field.
They could make the Grambling band look like a funeral procession & it wouldn't make a bit of difference.
Plus the US embassy in Turkey was bombed on Steve's watch. How long must this go on!!!
You touched on a couple. I hope the new band director can really jump start a fundraising effort to get some schollies for these kids and put the band on the map with some national appearences and such. I love the in-game energy from the band and I have no doubt that the kids work hard and are as good a group of musicians as you will find in any other similarly funded band. My personal beef is the rediculously corny sets they play and the rather listless presentation they offer. I'm not saying they suck. There just isn't anything there worth watching IMO. They aren't a show in and of themselves. Many folks who love college football have a great love of that type of music and presentation. It should not be underestimated that a great band could very much impact the game-day atmosphere for Pitt. As it stands now, they have no impact whatsoever.
I hope the new director copies the " script ohio " from the buckeye marching band, and forms it into a" Script Pitt " , march. Script ohio is one of the best introductions to a home game, anywhere. As soon as the music starts, the whole atmosphere becomes electric.
The Pitt marching band will never be relevant again.
Pitt's band has a specific pregame set for script Pitt already. They did it for the throwback game.
Look, I understand the lack of a music department really hurts the Pitt band...if Pitt would have had a program, I would have gone there without really a second thought.
That said, I think you could just get so much more out of this band and find a way to entice non-majors who go to Pitt to get into the band. THere are plenty of solid musicians who don't go to school for music. Offering as little as 500 dollars a semester to get an above average musician (maybe they do already) to come to school and be in the band may convince higher quality musicians to come into the band.
I do not doubt that the band puts in a bunch of times, and gives a great effort...that said, the music selection is stale. Not everything needs to be lady gaga, etc. Also, I don't understand why the band does a brand new show for every single game. The drills are basic, and suffer because of it. The shows also lack energy. No dynamic contrast...everything is flatlined.
What it comes down to though is that the level of musicianship has to go up. The best solution is for Pitt to start a music program...it would not take long to get that up and running, and as soon as you hire the right professors, you will instantly become a premium destination for high end musicians in the area. Right now, if you want to go to a high level music school, you either have to go to Duquesne or CMU, and pay a boat load to go, or you have to go somewhere out of Pittsburgh...PSU, OSU, WVU, YSU, IU...etc. Pitt would be a local, more affordable option than the two private schools, and it would be very successful.
That is just my opinion though.
no one gives a crap about the band. i don't say that to be mean or disrespectful. but it's just a fact. pitt starting an academic program so we can have a better marching band is akin to the Dept of Education funding elementary school music programs so that the Army's band sounds nice when playing taps.
This post was edited by Blankstare01 14 months ago
Q: Is Bnadie still around? If so, "not pleased."
not sure if bnadie is here. but i know his response would be:
1. yes, sadly, no one cares about the band.
2. rush is quacktastic.
But why doesn't Pitt have a music program? Truly, there is no reason for them not to.
give one good reason why we should? would it bring in any money, notoriety? now if you could get lars ulrich s a professor, i'm in.
For the same reason any other school has a music program.
And Lars Ulrich is awful.
Especially an urban city with a decent modern and classical music scene.
A good music program can bring a good amount of notoriety to a university, absolutely. It could also bring in extra money. North Texas is a music factory...gets kids from all over the country into that school. Same with places like Indiana, Northwestern, Miami, and Texas as well as many smaller schools. Slippery Rock, for example where I went for music has had their Jazz band go to Europe multiple times and play at major Jazz Festivals overseas....that does bring recognition to a university.
It won't bring as much notoriety as a good football program, but you will have a large community that would recognize the school. Plus you have a perfect situation at a school like Pitt to find excellent professors for that program. The Pittsburgh Symphony is one of the top universities in the USA. Right now, most of those guys teach at either CMU or Duquesne, so it would not be hard to get a couple of them to come over and teach at Pitt. You could immediately start with some of the top notch musicians in the country and that would be an excellent recruiting tool.
Yep, exactly. As I said, the PSO is one of the best Symphonies in the country. Also, you have a guy like Sean Jones who is a trumpet player that has toured with Wynton Marsalis who is a guy you could possibly convince to teach at your school.
If would get some of those guys to be profs at Pitt, you would be looking at a very strong program almost immediately. I know from experience that many of my friends that went to SRU, IUP, Duq would have gone to Pitt if there was a music program there.
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