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10-14-03

Another month has passed, and the Pep Band continues to thrill and amaze with its resilience and fortitude under challenging circumstances. Friends of the Virginia Pep Band (FVPB) is also playing a significant role boosting the Pep Band's activities. Here's the latest:

*** FVPB SPONSORS PRE-GAME EVENT AT UVA'S HOMECOMING ON OCT. 25 ***

Prior to the UVA v. Troy State game in Charlottesville on October 25 (UVA's Homecoming), FVPB is hosting a pre-game get together for all Pep Band alumni and supporters near Scott Stadium! The event will be from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 120A Harmon Street. (Harmon Street is directly off of Stadium Road. Go to www.mapquest.com and type in the address to see how close this is to Scott Stadium!) We will have plenty of beverages and some food (burgers and dogs). Come meet current members of FVPB as well as other Pep Band alumni and supporters who drop by!!! Plenty of Pep Band stories will be shared, old friendships renewed, and ideas discussed about what we can do to get the Pep Band back into Scott Stadium! For a modest donation, you can also receive the official FVPB t-shirt!

If you love the Virginia Pep Band, this is the *only* place to be at Homecoming!!!

Plus, the Pep Band will appear and give us an exclusive performance!!!
Important: There will be *no* parking near 120A Harmon Street. You'll have to park at the designated areas for football games. However, 120A Harmon Street is only a block or two from Stadium Road near Scott Stadium. Also, if inclement weather occurs, the event will be canceled.

If you want to come (and we hope you do), PLEASE RSVP by sending an e-mail to friends@orangevest.org by October 21, 2003. (We need to know how much food and drink to procure!) Thanks to FVPB Board member Bryan Smouther for spear heading the effort to organize this event.

Pep band alums are encouraged to wear their vests to the game.

*** PEP BAND PERFORMS SHOW AT UPENN!!! ***

Many said that it could not be done, but we have kept the streak alive! For the 29th consecutive year, the Pep Band has written and performed a scramble show at halftime of an intercollegiate football game. Thanks to a gracious invitation from our friends at the University of Pennsylvania Band (a scramble band like our Pep Band), the Pep Band put on a TERRIFIC show at the Penn-Bucknell game in Philly this past Saturday. Pep Band members were thrilled to stretch their legs and roam the open plains of the gridiron. The show was well received by the Penn audience.

To review the script and check out some pictures, go to the Penn Band website at http://dolphin.upenn.edu/%7Epennband/. Click on the link about the Pep Band's October 11 appearance.

The Pep Band's appearance at Penn would not have been possible without the efforts of FVPB Board member Ed Hardy. By sheer coincidence, Ed moved to Philadelphia in August for an internship at a public relations firm. He then joined the Penn Band and laid the groundwork for the Penn Band's extraordinary invitation to the Pep Band to both write and perform a show. Thanks, Ed!!!

*** WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE FEATURES PEP BAND ***

The Washington Post ran its long awaited article on the Pep Band's efforts to survive and thrive in the aftermath of the $1.5 million dollar donation to start the marching band. The full page article appeared on page B3 of the Post's Metro section on October 11, 2003, and featured three pictures of the Pep Band playing in the parking lot of Scott Stadium before the UVA v. Duke game earlier this year. One of the pictures appeared on the first page of the Metro section and directed readers to the article inside. The article depicts the Pep Band as a scrappy and resourceful student organization doing what it takes to stick around and mentions that FVPB is raising funds and advocating for the Pep Band's return to Scott Stadium.

If you missed the article, go to FVPB's website (orangevest.org) and click on our "Press Coverage" link (where we have every article written about the Pep Band since April). The Washington Post article is at the top of the page. [A HUGE thanks to Amy Forestell (another FVPB Board member) for making our website look *awesome* and keeping it up-to-date!!!]

*** FVPB NOVA RALLY FOR THE PEP BAND A SUCCESS ***

Despite the fact that it was held two days after Hurricane Isabel hit the D.C. area, FVPB's Northern Virginia rally for the Pep Band was a big success! Even though the entire area (including the house where we had the event!) was without power and water, more than 70 people attended the event and FVPB raised more than $550 for the Pep Band. A contingent of the Pep Band drove more than two-hours from Charlottesville to share in the festivities and play us some tunes (they sounded GREAT!). Thanks to Bruce Swenson (a Pep Band alum and FVPB supporter) for donating the use of his house and pool for the event. Bruce: You are a true friend of the Virginia Pep Band!

*** NEW MARCHING BAND DIRECTOR MEETS WITH PEP BAND DIRECTOR SCOTT HAYES ***

About two weeks ago, Scott Hayes, the current student Director of the Pep Band, met with Bill Pease, the new faculty Director of the Cavalier Marching Band recently hired by UVA. Mr. Pease will be coming to UVA from Western Michigan University at the conclusion of the football season. Mr. Pease said that he was open to the idea of the Pep Band playing at future non-revenue sports (which is a lot more than the Band can do now). The Pep Band has been asked to consider working with Mr. Pease in the role of a faculty advisor. Nothing has been finalized. This meeting was the first of many that will surely follow. In the meantime, Mr. Pease was in town to recruit for the basketball band that he will be directing this winter at UVA basketball games.

*** FVPB TO MEET WITH ATHLETIC DIRECTOR LITTLEPAGE ***

In response to an FVPB request, UVA's Athletic Director Craig Littlepage has agreed to meet with us in Charlottesville on October 17. We will introduce Mr. Littlepage to our group and make our case for the continued presence of the Pep Band at future UVA athletic events. We'll let you know how it goes.

*** FVPB TAX EXEMPT UPDATE ***

In early September, FVPB submitted its application to the Internal Revenue Service for status as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. We have received correspondence from the IRS that our application has been received and is being reviewed. We expect to hear from the IRS in another two-to-four months. If our application is approved, all donations made to FVPB since June 1, 2002 (including donations received now!!!) will be tax deductible. We are maintaining a list of all contributors, and we will contact you once we hear from the IRS.

*** FVPB AND PEP BAND ENTER AGREEMENT REGARDING USE OF FUNDS ***

The Pep Band and FVPB have reached a written agreement establishing procedures to be followed when the Pep Band requests a grant of funds from FVPB. The agreement includes mechanisms intended to ensure that all FVPB grants are used to fund approved performance-related needs of the Pep Band, such as travel to performances, instrument repair and replacement, uniforms, and music.

*** ANY QUESTIONS? DROP US A LINE! ***

If any of you want to know where FVPB has been or where its going, please feel free to drop me a line. You can e-mail me at president@orangevest.org. I'll be happy to respond to any comments or questions you may have.

*** THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT ***

Finally, *thank you* for your continued interest in and support of the Virginia Pep Band. The Pep Band is doing great things under extremely difficult circumstances for any band, especially one that relies entirely on student leadership. We have been told several times by the Band's leaders that they are glad we're behind them and that they are motivated to carry on the Pep Band tradition that so many of us have participated in or enjoyed since the 1970s. They appreciate our financial support, which is enabling the Band to travel to New York City for a performance at the Columbia-Harvard football game on November 8th.

In short, WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!!!

If you know any other Pep Band supporters (it doesn't matter if they were in the Pep Band or even went to UVA), please tell them about FVPB and encourage them to join our list of supporters by e-mailing friends@orangevest.org.

We hope to see you at the pre-game Homecoming event on October 25th. If you want to attend, don't forget to send us a one-line e-mail RSVP to friends@orangevest.org.

Viva la Pep Band!!!

--Dave Black
President, FVPB
Pep Band '91
www.orangevest.org
president@orangevest.org
 

 

 

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