University strikes up pep band
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October 9, 2009 at 12:00 a.m.
By MATT GUILHEM, Staff Writer
REDLANDS: There was something different about the Oct. 3 football game between
the University of Redlands and University of La Verne. For the first time in
more than a decade, the tune of Redlands fight song When the Mighty Bulldog
Growls could be heard after each touchdown as the new Redlands Pep Band
Volunteers played for the crowd. About 20 musicians played at the game under
the direction of Curtiss Allen Sr. It came about from the dean of student
life who had been trying to get my son to put together a pep band since last
year, Allen said.
Allen’s son, Curtiss Allen Jr., is the choir director at Beattie Middle School
in Redlands and First Presbyterian Church in San Bernardino. Curtiss first
suggested his son, and when I got in contact with him he said his father were
so excited by the idea he’d do it himself, said Char Burgess, vice president
and dean of student life at the university.
The creation of the pep band is not the elder Allens first musical venture.
Twenty-nine years ago Allen founded the Redlands Fourth of July Band, which has
grown to about 80 musicians. The university wanted to celebrate the opening
of their centennial football season, so they asked the Fourth of July Band to
come and play, said Allen. The band played at the Sept. 12 opener against
East Texas Baptist University and was very well received . After that
performance, the idea to formally organize a band for sporting events took
flight. It takes a lot of hours on the telephone, cajoling, and research, but
I enjoy doing these things, Allen said. We didn’t play for the actual game,
but as we were heading to the opener, the athletic director Jeff Martinez said
he really wished for us to put a pep band together for the remaining home
games. Getting a pep band is something we’ve been trying to accomplish and
something we’ve wanted for several years, Martinez said. Martinez said he
wanted the band to play at the three remaining home games. He (Martinez) said
he would buy the music for the band, said Allen.
Before organizing the pep band, Allen thought the volunteers should get some
kind of compensation. We wanted a credit for the snack bar and a centennial
T-shirt, Allen said. The terms of the band were happily agreed upon and
Redlands Pep Band Volunteers debuted in the stands at the Oct. 3 game.
We play as much as we possibly can, Allen said. We play at every timeout,
every touchdown, even when the other team scores if they don’t have a band.
Head football coach Mike Maynard said the team noticed and appreciated the
musical support the pep band provided throughout the game. Having the band
really made a difference,Ma ynard said. Almost all the players noticed the
band and said how great it was With the UR fight song When the Mighty
Bulldog Growls as a staple, the band enjoys punctuating their performances
with other fight songs and arena classics like Queens We Will Rock You. My
goal is that when we play `We Will Rock You to get everybody in the crowd
stomping, Allen said. It will make a great thundering, resonant sound.
The pep band may be on its way to becoming another Redlands tradition. I think
it is wonderful, Burgess said. Music always adds to any event. I think you
can not go wrong. It creates that atmosphere and excitement which athletes
thrive on, Martinez said. Anyone will tell you it is more fun to play in front
of an active crowd with a band playing and the whole atmosphere.
Our Readers Say: Thanks to the Bulldog Volunteer Pep Band!
REDLANDS DAILY FACTS
December 2, 2010 at 12:00 a.m.
The University of Redlands recently completed a very successful and exciting 8-1 season.
The Bulldogs would like to take opportunity to say thank you to not only their outstanding fans,
but also to a very special group of volunteers who helped to fill the stadium with enthusiasm
and music at each Saturday home football game. For the second consecutive season, the members of the
Bulldog Volunteer Pep Band, under the direction of Curtiss Allen, Sr. have given of their time
and talent to be part of Bulldog Football.
Close to 40 members strong, over the course of the season, they join us for the love of
music, football and, perhaps more importantly, another way in which they can contribute to our
university and community. On behave of the University of Redlands Athletics, and most importently
the student athletes, coaches, family and friends, of Bulldog Football, we say thank you for
a job well done. Your cont/ributions to the Saturday exitement and enthusiasm in Ted Runner Stadium
make us all proud to be Bulldogs.
We wish you the best for a wonderful holiday season and are looking forward to 2011.
Jeff Martinez, Director of Athletics and
Mike Maynard, Head Football Coach