Fun Facts with Bill Nevin

Good evening ladies and gentleman, Im Bill Nevin the announcer for the WVU Marching Band. On behalf of WVU Director of Bands John Hendricks, marching band director Jay Drury, and the members of the Mountaineer Marching Band, Id like to say how thrilled we are to be performing this evening at Bethel Park as part of the 41st annual Bethel Park Band Festival. On behalf of the WVU Marching Band we would like to thank the Bethel Park High School Band Boosters and band director David Buetzow for their support and assistance in making our performance here tonight possible. Wed also like to say thank you to all donors who have contributed to the ongoing Pride Travel Fund, a campaign of the WVU Foundation. We appreciate your support. And now ladies and gentleman, please welcome The Pride of West Virginia, The Mountaineer Marching Band! We are proud that the WVU marching band is known to be one of the oustanding marching bands in the country. This years band is the largest in West Virginia University history, consisting of 390 members. In 1997 the WVU marching band was awarded the Sudler Trophy by the John Phillips Sousa Foundation, recognizing us as the outstanding college marching band in the country. It is interesting to note that the vast majority of students enrolled in the WVU band come from various states up and down the eastern United States. Approximately 50% are residents of West Virginia. WVU Band students are enrolled in all of the various colleges at the university and