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Decision made on band practice area

staff writer

Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012

Updated: Thursday, November 8, 2012 12:11

USU marching band performs

THE MARCHING BAND PERFORMS at a football game earlier this season. The band’s practice location has been in question since the start of the semester. DELAYNE LOCKE photo

After meeting with Provost Raymond Coward and music department head James Bankhead, ASUSU President Christian Thrapp said an official decision has been made to move the band’s practice area to the fields beginning Fall 2013.


Early in the semester Thrapp said because of construction, student athletes had started to park in a set-aside area in the stadium lot where the band practiced.


It was proposed the band move practices to the soccer fields outside the Valley View and Mountain View Towers.


After nearly a month of debate, ASUSU voted to keep the band in the parking lot for the remainder of this school year in October. Thrapp said this was not meant to be a permanent solution, but a temporary fix until the executive board could make a final decision.


Thrapp said a big reason for the change is because Bankhead felt the band deserved to practice in a central campus location.


“He felt that it was an academic issue because marching band is part of many of the members’ majors,” Thrapp said.


When asked why the final decision has been so long in the making, Thrapp said he felt ASUSU took care of the issue in a very timely manner.


“We voted and did our duty,” he said.


The marching band has not officially been informed about the latest decision concerning the practice location.


Band member Spencer Jensen said he was not aware the issue had been brought up again.

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