Another benefit of being in pep band is that you are able to fulfill your Physical Education GEP requirements. PHED 193, Marching and Pep Band, is offered in the Spring Semester, and is open to band and drumline members. The format of the course is 1.5 credit, pass/fail. PHED 193 can be taken twice to fulfill the entire PHED graduation requirement.
This course provides the opportunity for students to develop and improve their musical and marching skills. Students will learn music of different styles and gain experience performing with a large ensemble. Students will also gain a knowledge of marching fundamentals, including drill reading, 8-to-5, march-offs, and parade commands. The act of playing music and marching in an ensemble combines a variety of physical elements, including cardio-respiratory, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility. Students are expected to strive for a higher level of physical fitness by the end of this course.
- Develop and perform a diverse repertoire of music.
- Perform as a large, uniform ensemble in a variety of venues.
- Learn the fundamentals of marching band, including drill reading, 8-to-5, march-offs, and parade commands.
- Improve physical fitness through cardio, strength, endurance, and flexibility associated with marching.
Course Format and Grading
The format of this course consists of a combination of full ensemble rehearsals, sectionals, individual practice, and performances. PHED 193 is graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Grading will be based upon attitude, attendance, and preparedness. Attendance information will be provided in the course syllabus. Students participating in an activity which conflicts with rehearsals or performances should not sign up for this class.
Students must be able to read music and play an instrument used in a marching/pep band. Permission of the instructor is required to register for this course and will only be granted to members who have participated in the ensemble for both semesters.