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Doane Adds Mighty Tiger Marching Band

Taking the field in fall 2013, Doane’s new Mighty Tiger Marching Band will bring both an academic and entertainment component to the Crete campus.

“We are very excited to announce this addition to our instrumental music program,” said Dr. Lance Nielsen, band director. “Our approach to a marching band will be different than other colleges and universities. It is designed to give our music education majors the experience of teaching marching band as well as provide a high level of school spirit and fun at home football games.”

Formerly known as the Pep Band, the Mighty Tiger Marching Band will also be in different in that it requires a smaller time commitment for rehearsals; involves students in the design of the half-time show and other traditions; and provides unique, comfortable warm-ups as the band uniforms.  

The future 100-member marching band will put on a pre-game show and in-game entertainment during home football games. Once completed, the half-time show will be added toward the end of the season.

The Mighty Tiger Marching Band returns a tradition to campus that started just after World War I ended in 1918. The 101st Surgical Band was Doane’s first band to march on campus. Then in 1925, C. Burdett Wolf started the Tiger Band, which was the college’s first official marching band. In the early 1930s, Wolf started the Women’s Drum Corps which survived into the 1950s.  A Doane marching band existed in various forms until 1987 when it was disbanded.

The Mighty Tiger Marching Band will make its debut at the first home football game of the season, September 14, 2013, when the Tigers take on Northwestern at Simon Field.

Contact an admission counselor or Lance Nielsen, marching band director, for more details.

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