The Univ. of Redlands Pep Band


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In 2009, the Director of Community Relations for the University of Redlands asked Curtiss, Sr. if the 4th-of-July Band would be willing to provide a PEP BAND in support of it's football team at the Home Games. After some discussion, Curtiss and Band consented to this request. In return, the University offered to provide distinctive maroon Redlands Bulldog Polo Shirts for each musician as well as a "ticket" to purchase hot dogs, chips, drinks, etc. at the snack bar. Prior to start of football season, one organizational rehearsal is held at the University Memorial Chapel, at which a light "dinner" is provided by the University.

Annually since then, in September through November, a small contingent from the 4th-of-July Band, joined by interested student-musicians from the University, have provided appropriate PEP MUSIC at the home games. For the past thirteen years the Band has been enthusiastically received by the University Administration, Coaches, Players and Crowd alike. For the 2018 football season, an anonymous donor stepped up and purchased new percussion instruments for the PEP BAND -- 2 Bass Drums, a Snare Drum, a set of Quads and a set of Crash Cymbals as well as appropriate Mallets and Sticks. Many many thank-yous from all the drummers ----- 2021 marks the 13th Season of the Pep Band. The 2020 Season had to be cancelled due to Covid.

2022 Regular Season Football and Pep Band -- Schedule and Call Times -- TBA



University strikes up pep band By REDLANDS DAILY FACTS | | 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

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