Welcome to the June 2010 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: Video Challenge
As seen in these videos of Pep Band performances,
What two unusual objects did the Pep Band conductor use to conduct the band in it’s 1974 Maryland field show?
Please email your answer to caitlin.vogus @orangevest.org. The first person to send in the correct answer will be announced in the next e-CSRU and promptly acknowledged as this edition’s winner! In addition, why not post your fond memories of special field shows in the FVPB Facebook group?
In the last edition, we asked: “What ACC mascot was removed from the field in an ambulance during a Pep Band show?"
The correct answer is: The Maryland Terrapin Turtle.
For sending in the correct answer first, our winner is Brian J. Ford (EDU ’92)! In addition to witnessing this moment in Pep Band history, Brian played trombone for the band, as well as fired the gun to begin each scramble. Congratulations, Brian!
According to esteemed band historians, in 1988 the Terrapin Turtle broke his arm during a wrestling match with CAV MAN on about the five yard line of Scott Stadium while the Pep Band was standing in the end zone waiting to start its pre-game show. Unable to stop the show once they realized what had happened, the band continued to tell jokes, scramble, and play music as the ambulance drove around its formation and paramedics put the terrapin on a stretcher and loaded him in the ambulance.
The band recently met to elect 2 new members of the managing board. They are:
Board member Katie Albert (CLAS ’11): Katie is the most mysterious board member in recent memory. She is believed to be a linguistics major who plays the tuba, and possibly some other instrument as well. In addition to participating in the Pep Band, she is also a member of Phi Sigma Pi, a national co-ed honor fraternity.
Board member Anna Radcliffe (CLAS’ 12): Anna constituted the entire piccolo and tuba sections last semester, but has since cut back to the lighter responsibility of just playing picc. In her free time she enjoys sober nudity, covering Disney tunes on the accordion, and converting the band to veganism. It has been rumored that her recent election to board was due more to inappropriate carnal relations with an unnamed band official(s) than any political savvy. She is renowned for an aversion to shaving and drunken attempts to learn foreign languages.
Director Erik Larsen reports that he and the new board plan to continue football scrambling, outside-U.Va. events, and hopefully write another field show to perform next fall. Stay tuned for another report in the next e-CSRU!
As always, the Pep Band has kept an active schedule entertaining U.Va. and Charlottesville community members. Highlights include:
There’s nothing alums like better than reminiscing about the band’s glory days. Visit the FVPB Facebook group, and share your memories on this edition’s topic:
What class had the best “Toga Party” homecoming skit?
Or, if you’re from before Toga times: What is your favorite homecoming memory with the band, either as a student or an alum?
Post your answer the in the FVPB Facebook group, 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.)
Wondering what your old 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.
If you’d allow me to dork out a bit – and if you’re reading this, well, you are, so tough – it’s kind of amazing to think about where all the stuff on your plate and in your glass come from. I sat on the balcony last summer with a now ex, sipping a Negroni – made from a liqueur that comes from Italy (Campari), a French vermouth (Dolin rouge), and gin from Philadelphia (Bluecoat) with a dash of bitters from a company based in New York (Fee’s) – and looked at the fact that we were eating a variety of foods from all over the world, though mostly Europe, and later I smoked a cigar from Nicaragua. I mean, it’s just kind of cool that we’re that lucky.
Unfortunately, however, home distilling is still illegal.
On the other hand, it’s taking off like crazy. (And that’s about the most I’m going to comment on that in publication, though I will suggest checking Matthew Rowley’s book Moonshine!, available through Amazon.com; as a note, I do know him, so I’m not totally unbiased. But it’s really good.)
And on the gripping hand, it’s also leading to more local distilleries as well as a proliferation of white dog whiskey, something I’ll get to in a bit.
If you’ve ever driven on 29 between Charlottesville and northern Virginia you’ve seen signs for the distillery in Culpepper area – Belmont, if I remember correctly. I’ve never visited their distillery but I’ve tried their product. Unfortunately, I can’t say that I’m a fan.
About a year or so ago Marshall and I made a trip out to Copper Fox Distillery to visit Rick Wasmund. Their whiskey is rough as well, though they’re now able to sell it at the distillery – and they sell it with a small oak barrel that you can use to age it yourself. A couple of weeks in the barrel made it a lot better. They’re making various things now and I’ve been plotting bitters ideas using their rye spirit.
Finally, down near Charlottesville in Nelson County there’s working going on building the Eades distillery. Currently, Eades is taking single malt Scotch from Scotland, finishing it for a few months in wine barrels, then combining them to make what they call “doublemalts” based off location, such as Speyside or Highland. One of their reps came by my apartment and gave a tasting to a number of us a few weeks ago. They can’t really call their product “Scotch” from what I understand due to laws; however, they basically are, and have an intense taste that stuck with us throughout the night (and next day). It was good, but whoa.
Finally, there’s Bowman’s, who many of you might remember from bottom shelf plastic barrel cheap stuff. Fewer may know that they were based out of Fredericksburg. They’re working to come up with a more “premium” line of liquor, the most promising of which to me was their gin. It’s not actually made in Virginia yet (it’s actually made by Buffalo Trace down in Kentucky) but that will hopefully change sometime soon.
Unfortunately, given what I’ve been told about Virginia laws on distilling liquor, it leads to a prevalence of white dog whiskey and the usual concern I’ve heard people say about Virginia wine – not bad, but overpriced for what you get.
White dog whiskey is, basically, unaged whiskey. It’s your prototypical “moonshine” whiskey and can be found in many incarnations nowadays. Junior Johnson has his name on “Midnight Moon”, for instance, which in a recent taste test between three white dogs I did at home (Death’s Door, Hudson, and it) I found the most agreeable. I’m not saying you shouldn’t try it – if anything, it’s interesting to see what a spirit tastes like straight out of the still. However, it does really feel like this is just a current fad in spirits, especially when companies are charging more for white dog than they do for something they age for 10 years. Hopefully consumers will realize what they’re paying for what is, really, an inferior product. On the other hand, selling white dog helps your local distilleries that are just starting get their feet on the ground.
Usually I’d try to end the article with a recipe but I’ve found most white dogs overwhelm almost any other ingredient in the glass. So if you get a chance, instead I’ll just suggest you check your area to see what’s being made locally and give it a shot. It’s not a guarantee, but it’s always fun to try!
FVPB could use your summer lovin’ (in the form of donations)! 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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