Friday, February 15, 2019

HDIC Events: Pitt Band Stadium Review Show

As most readers of this blog (and followers of my social media accounts know), I'm a big fan of the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band (also, I am an honorary member).  The Pitt Band is over 300 members of the Pitt community ranging from percussion to baton twirlers (also known as the Golden Girls).  They perform at all home football games, select away games, and bowl games and ACC Championship games, when Pitt is in them.

The Fitzgerald Field House
This past November, the Pitt Band brought back one of the old traditions from the old Pitt Band, the Stadium Review Show.  The concept is simple: an audience sits in the stands while the band is on a stage and they play.  Well, this year they hosted it in the Fitzgerald Field House on the Pitt Campus.  There was no stage, but the band sat in one set of bleachers while the crowd sat in the other and the color guard and Golden Girls performed on the volleyball court of the venue.
The Golden Girls perform while the band plays in the background.
Having worked with the Pitt Band before for different football games, Courtside at the Cathedral, Pep Rally concerts, and several Trumpet Guards, I knew that I wanted to be around for this concert.  I even was credentialed to do photos for the band.
Herald Trumpet Fanfare, with blue Pitt flags.
The concert started out just like every concert at Heinz Field, with the Herald Trumpets followed out of the tunnel by the Pitt Drum Line.  After the drum line got the crowd pumped, the rest of the band erupted from the tunnel and into the stands.
The drum line (aka The Crew), running out of the tunnel.
After that, the band played through all of their different concerts from the year, including the standard pregame concert and the new "Greatest Showman" themed performance.  While the band played, the Golden Girls and the color guard took turns providing visual effects for the audience.
Color guard adding visual effects to the performance.
In addition to their performances, they also played through their stand tunes including "Snakes on a Plane", "Pokemon Theme Song", and crowd favorite, "The Kids Aren't Alright".
One of my favorite shots from the performance.
The afternoon of music ended with a very special singing rendition of the University of Pittsburgh Alma Mater by the band students, staff, parents, and friends (Special shoutout to the assistant drum majors who let me sing the alma mater with them!)
The assistant drum majors dancing to "The Kid's Aren't Alright".
I was very excited to go to the event since I hadn't made it to any of the games during the season, and I was even more exited to be able to photograph the Pitt Band once again.  I'm looking forward to doing it again soon!
Pittsburgh flags on the trombones.

All images copyright 2018 Allen Howard/HDIC Productions
Blog post copyright 2019 Allen Howard.

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