Aug. 7, 2017
The Saint Vincent College “March of the Bearcats” marching band has been invited to perform prior to the Pittsburgh Steelers pre-season game with the Atlanta Falcons at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at Heinz Field.
The band will perform on field at 3:45 p.m. during pre-game activities. They will also perform outside of the stadium and be part of a parade of game day entertainers which perform as fans enter.
The March of the Bearcats marching band was founded as a student club in 2008. The band is the newest, largest and most visible performing music group on campus. The band was granted academic status in 2014 and provides credit toward graduation requirements. The band performs every weekend from the start of classes through the end of November for all Saint Vincent College Bearcat home football games, select away games, marching band festivals and local parades. The band’s drumline performed at Heinz Field last year.
That same afternoon, Saint Vincent College assistant professor of music Thomas Octave will sing the national anthem at 4 p.m. Both performances are being done in celebration and recognition of the 52nd annual summer training camp being held at Saint Vincent College.
Randall Kratofil is the director of the March of the Bearcats marching band and Christopher Plummer is the drumline instructor. Additional instructors and staff include Tiffani Kolar, majorette instructor; Renee Klimchock, colorguard instructor; Mike McGlinn, drill designer; and Dr. Ashley Lemming, DPT, physical trainer.
Marching band and the marching arts are Kratofil’s lifelong passion. Studying trumpet performance at Penn State he was a member of the Penn State Blue Band, where he was selected as one of 500 college students to participate in the Statue of Liberty All-American Marching Band for the rededication ceremonies for the Statue of Liberty. The following year he was selected as one of 120 brass players to participate in the We the People 200 Brass Fanfare Marching Unit in Philadelphia, and as one of 100 Trumpet players for the Pan Am Games opening ceremonies in Indianapolis.
As an undergraduate studying music education Kratofil was a member of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Legend Marching Band. His arrangement of Sandi Patty's Make His Praise Glorious was performed and recorded by the band.
While working on his Master’s in Trumpet Performance at Carnegie Mellon University he began teaching drum corps.
Taking additional graduate classes at West Virginia University, Kratofil also marched with the Pride of West Virginia Marching Band, making this the third college marching band to perform with each in three different decades.
Kratofil is also well versed in Drum and Bugle Corps. He is a 2010 inductee into the Pennsylvania Drum Corps Hall of Fame. He has marched with several DCA corps including Westshoremen Buccaneers, Bushwackers and the 2002 four-time-consecutive DCA World Champion Syracuse Brigadiers.
Kratofil is founder, director, arranger and brass instructor for G Force Drum and Bugle Corps, Inc. G Force has made appearances at SCA South as well as local parades. He also helped support the startup of Three Rivers Indoor Percussion through G Force.
Kratofil has taught and arranged for many high school marching bands in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
He has also served as principal cornet for the North Suburban Symphonic Band under the direction of Warren Mercer, principal E-flat cornet for the NABBA Princeton Brass Band and the Allegheny Brass Band.
Plummer is back for his third year as drumline instructor for the March of The Bearcats Marching Band. Plummer serves Saint Vincent college as technical director for the Robert S. Carey Performing Arts Center on campus. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in theater from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he was a member of the IUP marching band drumline for five years. He was also a member of the City of Latrobe Fire Department Pipe and Drum Band where he played snare. Plummer is excited about the direction of the Saint Vincent College Marching band and looks forward to the exciting performances this group will be doing.
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