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Your 2019-2020 Drum Major Carly Belich and Field Commander Abigail Uhrinek

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Now in its second decade, the March of the Bearcats is the largest performing musical group on the Saint Vincent College campus. The band has grown from a student club to a fully credited class that fulfills graduation requirements. The band has appeared in three consecutive Steeler Pre-season games and performs nearly every weekend from the start of classes through November for all home Bearcat football games and select away games, as well as at various marching band festivals and parades.

March of the Bearcats 2018-2019
Please visit and subscribe to the official March of the Bearcats YouTube Channel.

Additional photos of the March of the Bearcats my be found here.

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MU171 Marching Band.    

It it the goal to fill every spot to balance the available instrumentation.  Ability to play more than one instrument is helpful but not required.  In addition to Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, Color Guard, and Majorettes, there are openings for equipment managers, videographers, and announcers for the 2019-2020 season.  Even managers, videographers, and announcers for the band can receive credit for performing these important roles. 

Audition material will be accepted through YouTube Video.  Submission deadline for Marching Band Auditions will be Saturday, July 13 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST for all new performing members.  Drill writing will begin on July 15, we need your video to save you a spot in the drill.  

A two week Band camp will being August 7, 2019 for Percussion, Guard, and Majorettes. Brass and Woodwinds will report on August 11, 2019.  Starting August 27, 2019 band will begin Tuesday and Thursday evening rehearsals plus Saturday mornings for every home football game and festival performance.  Please see the season rehearsal and performance schedule below.

2019-2020 Audition material is now available.

WOODWIND


(4) 2019 PICCOLO
(8) 2019 CLARINET
(6) 2019 ALTO SAX
(4) 2019 TENOR SAX






BRASS


(12) 2019 TRUMPET
(6) 2019 MELLO
(8) 2019 TROMBONE
(4) 2019 BARITONE
(6) 2019 SOUSA




PERCUSSION


(4) SNARE (2) TENORS
(5) BASS (3) CYMBAL
(9) FRONT ENSEMBLE
(MARIMBAS, VIBRAPHONE,
XYLOPHONE, TYMPANI,
AUXILIARY PERCUSSION
SYNTHESIZER, ELECTRIC
GUITAR, ELECTRIC BASS)
2019 DRUM LINE & FRONT ENSEMBLE

VISUAL


(16) GUARD
(8) MAJORETTE             








Please email your YouTube link to marchingband@stvincent.edu.  Winds, please prepare the B-flat and E-Flat Concert scales and Stars and Stripes excerpt found on the pdf download above. Percussion please prepare materials in the 2019 Drum Line and Front Ensemble pack found on the pdf download above.  Guard please prepare materials as demonstrated on the Guard video link above.  Majorettes please prepare materials found on the pdf download above.

All members of the March of the Bearcats Marching Band must also be registered for MU171 as well as fill out the medical travel form to attend Band Camp.  Students who have reached their credit limit can take MU171 for 0.0 credits.

Season Schedule
2019 March of the Bearcats

Please feel free to email with questions.

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Basketball Pep Band

MU175-2 Basketball Pep Band & Indoor Drumline.  

At the conclusion of marching band season and starting in November the band transitions to a basketball pep band which includes Indoor Drumline and Indoor Guard.  The groups perform at all home women's and men's basket ball games, including playoffs.  Attendance is required at scheduled home games on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Because the stand music from marching band season will be used at basketball games, rehearsals are minimal for stand performances.  Indoor Drumline and Guard will have additional rehearsals to learn the 3-5 minute show.  Indoor Drumline and Guard will also travel off campus on select Saturdays to participate in local Indoor Shows.

All members of the March of the Bearcats Basketball Pep Band, Indoor Drumline and Indoor Guard must be registered for the class to participate.  Students who have reached their credit limit can take MU175-2 for 0.0 credits.  

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MU 172MU172 Concert Band.

In 2016 the Concert Band became a class, with the growing interest from marching band students.  The concert band's reappearance ended a 60 year absence on campus.  Photos from our most recent concert may be found here.

Concert band rehearses on Monday evenings and performs four concerts a year. In the fall semester the concert band performs a Pop's Concert for Homecoming and a Christmas Concert on Founders Day. In the spring semester the concert band performs a Literature and Repertoire concert and Potpourri  concert.

2019 March of the Bearcats - Concert Band

All members of the Concert Band must be registered for the class to participate.  Students who have reached their credit limit can take MU172 for 0.0 credits.  Students enrolled in MU171 may use the provided Clarinets, Saxophones, Trumpets, and Trombones.  Piccolo, E-Flat Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, French Horns, Euphoniums, Tubas, and Concert Percussion will be provided.  All other instruments are the responsibility of the student.

Members of the concert band are eligible to apply for and participate in Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band.  This yearly honors band is comprised of students attending Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities.

Past PAICB Participants
2017  Ryan Schwartz - Percussion
2019  Ryan Schwartz - Percussion, George Reich - Tuba

Marching Band Staffstaff
Mr. Randall Kratofil, Director of Bands
March of the Bearcats Marching Band
Concert Band
Basketball Pep Band
Indoor Drum Line

randall kratofilMarching band and the marching arts are his 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 re-dedication 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 he 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. His image playing trumpet is used for the IUP Marching Band logo.

While working on his Masters in Trumpet Performance at Carnegie Mellon University he began teaching drum corps.

Taking additional graduate classes at West Virginia University, Randall 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.

Randall 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.

Randall is founder, director, arranger, and brass instructor for G Force Drum & Bugle Corps, Inc., G Force has made appearances at DCA South as well as local parades. He also helped support the start up of Three Rivers Indoor Percussion through G Force.

Randall 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.


Percussion Instructor Marching Band and Indoor Drum Line - TBA

 
Haley Shiver, Majorette Instructor

Haley Shiver Since the age of three Haley Shiver has been actively involved in baton twirling. Competing individually, and on a team for over twenty years she has earned a long line of accolades. A former Grand National Twirling Champion, Miss Majorette of America, and several time national, state, and regional twirling champion. She has been apart of NBTA USA Twirling Team in, Holland 2006, Belgium 2009, and Switzerland 2012. Bringing home a total of three gold medals, and a silver in individual and team events. In 2011, Haley was invited to be a US Twirling Ambassadors to Peru, spending two weeks performing and raising funds for charities.

Attending The University of Mississippi in fall of 2013, Haley held the position as the Feature Twirler for the Pride of the South Marching Band for five season. Performing at the Sugar Bowl, Peach Bowl, Music City Bowl, Chick-fil-a Kickoff game, and every home game. While attending the university she studied Integrated Marketing Communications, with a minor in Business Administration.

Teaching individual students for over 13 years now, Haley has taught many regional, state, and national champion baton twirlers.