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CJ Bringing Pep To Basketball

Natalie Feucht

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Dayton, OHIO – Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School is organizing a pep band for the 2017-2018 basketball season.

In the past years, Chaminade Julienne has only had a pep band for football games. This year the band has made many changes, in that they are a larger size group and they have just this past year gotten new uniforms.

Mr. Luke Grieshop, who is a recent University of Dayton graduate as well as one of the administrators in charge of the band. He credited his recent graduation as part of the want to have a basketball band.

“I am very influenced by the highly energetic and popular Flyer Pep-Band,” said Mr. Grieshop.  “While being inspired by this group, my love for basketball also drove me to reach out to see if CJ students would be interested in Pep Band,”

Mr. Grieshop said that both him and Mrs. Schutt had been talking about this idea of a basketball pep band since their band camp in mid-August.

Mr. Grieshop said that he envisions the band playing a very important role in raising spirit at the games.

“They would perform the National Anthem before the games as well as songs to awaken school spirit,” said Mr. Grieshop. “They would also play popular songs at halftime. Also, they would be playing at timeouts and help in leading with the cheers, similar to football games.”

In addition to explaining what the band would do and be like, he made sure to explain the idea that the pep band and Eagle Pride are still two totally independent groups.

“While the CJ Pep Band may play similar music to Eagle Pride, the CJ Pep Band will be an independent. You do not have to be in marching band to be in pep band (as there is no marching in pep band – just playing music in the stands). CJ Pep Band will be open to all students who either play an instrument or would be willing learn.” explained Mr. Grieshop.

Any student interested in being in the pep band is encouraged to email Mr. Grieshop or sign up on the list on the whiteboard in room 103.

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