Welcome to the January 2009 edition of the FVPB e-CSRU, where you can find updates about the Virginia Pep Band, VPB alums, trivia and stories, and more! Please email your comments and news to caitlin.vogus@ orangevest.org. [All email addresses in the eCSRU have an extra space added to reduce spam.]
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Test your VPB knowledge with our trivia question. Please email answers to Caitlin.vogus@ orangevest.org
This edition's trivia question is: Pep Band Mix 'n Match.
Connect the following venues to the year in which the Pep Band was permanently banned from them:
Please email your answer to Caitlin.vogus @orangevest.org. The winner will be announced in the next e-CSRU and promptly acknowledged as the master of VPB trivia! In addition, why not post your memories of bans on the Pep Band in the FVPB forums?
In last edition, we asked: “What is the farthest the Pep Band has ever traveled by bus or car?”
The correct answer is: Ft. Lauderdale .
According to Google Maps, Ft. Lauderdale is 995 miles from Charlottesville.
The Pep Band traveled to Ft. Lauderdale for the MPC Computer bowl in 1999, when the Cavaliers took on University of Illinois. After performing at the U.Va.- Virginia Tech basketball game in Roanoke, the band jumped on the bus to travel directly to Ft. Lauderdale the next day, a 23 hour trip.
Although no one answered the trivia question correctly, honorable mentions go to Darrell Shahin (CLAS '81/'87) and Rich Downs ('90), both of whom guessed separate trips to New Orleans. According to Google Maps, New Orleans is 968 miles from Charlottesville.
Darrell writes, “My guess is our trip to New Orleans spanning New Years 1977/78 to support our Hoos in the little known Sugar Bowl Basketball tournament. We beat Auburn in the final, allowing us to joke that UVA was the Sugar Bowl champion. A memorable highlight was a hurricane-induced attempt to shout down all the Ohio State and Alabama fans (the night before the real Sugar Bowl) at Pat O'Briens by joining in their cheering battle and screaming for our dear old U of V. Came no where close to winning, but left a few puzzled souls wondering "I didn't know we're playing Virginia tomorrow". Pep band loose on Bourbon Street! Good time my friends, good times!”
Rich remembers another trip to New Orleans: “I don't know about total distance, but the Sugar Bowl trip where the bus broke down in Gatlinburg felt like the longest trip in the history of motorized travel . . .”Thanks to both Darrell and Rich for their answers! Better luck next time!
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The Pep Band had an active fall semester, spreading the scramble band spirit throughout the University and recruiting new members. Highlights include:
Every VPB alum cherishes certain memories from his or her band days! FVPB invites you to share your favorite story on a specified topic in the FVPB forums.
This edition's question: What is your favorite Pep Band chant or cheer? When's your favorite memory involving a Pep Band chant, cheer, or sign?
Post your answer the in the FVPB forums, and FVPB will publish our favorites in the next newsletter. (Please note in your story if you do not wish to have it published in the next newsletter.)In the last edition, we asked: “What is your favorite pep band show and why?” Amy Forestell (CLAS '01) shares, “I think walking down the ‘lawn' during the fourth year show has to be the best show memory (Peach Bowl a close second).” Check out the forums and add your own!
Wondering what your VPB buddies have been up to? Here are the headlines of alumni news for the fall. If you have news you'd like to have included in our next newsletter, please email caitlin.vogus@ orangevest.org.
Usually in college punches are an easy thing. Take a big bucket. Pour in juices, carbonated beverages, and tons of booze. Tweak until you can't taste the booze. Drink until everyone falls down.
Sure, if you want to be fancy, like SeanMike's third year portal mate, you can build a pump to automatically mix the punch and then dump in some 100% alcohol he “borrowed” from his job at NIH. Or you can cut up some fruit and throw it in. The beach week jungle juices were basically punches that were notorious for having every single type of booze, fruit, juice and other mixers all thrown in and consumed until said falling down occurred. They were delicious and dangerous. But let's be honest, they weren't very elegant.
What a lot of people don't realize is that punch is one of the oldest drinks in America. In fact, in Imbibe! by David Wondrich, he points out that from about 1670 to the 1850s the mixed drink world was, in fact, dominated by punch. He even quotes a recipe from 1576. Punch served the same end back then as it does today - to serve a crowd.
One example of a classic punch is the Imperial Brandy Punch found in Harry Johnson's New & Improved Illustrated Bartender's Manual (1888.) The recipe is as follows:
1 gallon seltzer or water
Mix in a punch bowl. Serves 20.
In this example you see a lot of booze and some fruit thrown in for good measure. Even though this is a recipe from 1888, it looks strikingly similar to a punch that could have been made at a Pep Band party. The biggest difference is balance. In the same manner as how cocktails should be made with the idea that each flavor balances the other flavors with none dominating, so to should a punch be created with that goal. Look at the recipe above. That's a lot of booze. But it is balanced with water, lemon juice, pineapple and orange. Only one dash of sugar is added - the fruit juices are enough to sweeten and balance the punch.
And not all punches are from the 19th century. Cocktail Nerd (http://www.cocktailnerd.com/) who hangs out with us over in the Mixoloseum chat room (http://bar.mixoloseum.com) sent us Vi's Jamaican Rum Punch that - like the previous one - uses only a little bit of sugar but also uses a lot of spices:
1 750 ml bottle light rum
Today, with the resurgence of classic cocktails, you can also find a resurgence of punches. A “Punch Club” has started up on Thursday nights in downtown DC's Warehouse Theater and Café. Chantal Tseng at the Tabard Inn in Dupont Circle has put a “Barbados Punch” on the menu. When the speakeasy Hummingbird To Mars was around, each guest was greeted with a cup of punch, the kind varying from day to day. Punches don't have to be made in a huge batch; Chantal's version of the Barbados Punch is made per customer and has brandy, Mt. Gay rum, lemon and orange juice, and guava jelly, topped with champagne. Death & Company in New York City concentrates on punches intended for four people at about two drinks per person.
So next time you're having a party, why not make a good punch for your guests to enjoy? It's easy to serve, easy to make and lets you spend more time with your guests.
Start the New Year off right by donating to FVPB! FVPB provides monetary support so the VPB can keep doing all the activities that you read about in this newsletter! Donations can be made at http://www.donortownsquare.com/donate_redir.aspx?ai=569&qs=XLJQL or by sending your donation to: Friends of the Virginia Pep Band, Inc., P.O. Box 4524, Charlottesville, VA 22905-4524. As always, donations are tax deductible!
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