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The Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band

The Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band provides university students with the opportunity to pursue music performance and leadership experiences in a curricular setting. Participants in Spirit of Stony Brook will be expected to learn and perfect musical and marching skills through the rehearsal and performance of a varied repertoire of marching band music and drill. The Spirit of Stony Brook will support Stony Brook University events through the performance of traditional marching band music and routines creating a sense of spirit and tradition on the Stony Brook campus. Spirit of Stony Brook members will be encouraged to excel academically and socially and to accept leadership roles in the band.

The band was founded in 2006. The committee responsible for bringing the band into existence was chaired by Jerrold Stein, then Dean of Students and now Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students; Perry Goldstein, Director of the Undergraduate College of Arts, Culture, and Humanities; Jim Fiore, Athletic Director; and Josh Cheuvront, Graduate Student Assistant. They named John Leddy to be the first Director of Athletic Bands. A three-day Band Camp was held September 1,2,and 3, 2006. During this camp 20 courageous and enthusiastic musicians came together and formed an indelible bond. We survived marching practice during the height of tropical storm Ernesto and we presented ourselves for our first public performance in front of 5000 freshmen and transfer students during the September 3 convocation. The band had its debut performance during Wolfstock 2006, Homecoming weekend, October 6 and 7. Band uniforms arrived on October 3 and members were quickly fitted over the next two days. The band performed at the Homecoming Parade, the parade through Wolfstock Village, and at the game itself. Navneet Singh was selected as the first drum major. Band members grew quite close to one another and they organized a student-run pasta party the night before the final football game, October 28. Our first season formally ended with a banquet held in the beautiful Wang Center on November 28 with president Shirley Strum Kenny in attendance.