Tuesday, September 18, 2012
UNT marched to No. 1 spot as nation’s best drumline
They were called the “Best Damn Band in the Land” by Bleacher Report in 2011.
DENTON Popular sports media website Bleacher Report recently named UNT’s Green Brigade Drumline the No. 1 drumline in college football.
The article, titled “10 Best Drumlines in College Football,” was published online September 5.
This is UNT’s second appearance in Bleacher Report. The Green Brigade Marching Band was hailed as the “Best Damn Band in the Land” by the website in 2011.
Rounding out the top three positions were Southern University and Virginia State University.
Zack Pumerantz, a featured columnist for Bleacher Report, posted a performance video from each of the 10 schools, as well as a statement on each of the selections.
Pumerantz gave the Green Brigade an A+ in his article and included a video of an eight-minute snareline performance from 2009.
“They teased you and left you wanting more,” Pumerantz said. “Then reeled you back in with synchronized brilliance. It was honestly the greatest drumline I’ve ever heard.”
Pumerantz said that video was what motivated him to rank UNT No. 1. He also said that one of the main requirements for a drumline to make his list was a quality recording to post on the website.
Even if a school had a good reputation, he would not rank them if there was not a decent video of a performance.
The video of the five-man ensemble made an impact on Pumerantz, who called the Green Brigade Drumline “soothing, rhythmic, and engaging.”
Nicholas Williams, director of the Green Brigade Marching Band, said the drumline’s recognition is much appreciated but is not a total surprise to him.
Williams said that the drumline specifically has performed well for decades, continually receiving acknowledgement at the annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention, which, according to its website, is the largest percussion event in the world.
However, he said that the Green Brigade Drumline’s appearance on Bleacher Report was out of the ordinary because the website is rooted in athletics rather than musicianship.
“Musicians always compliment musicians,” Williams said. “For those outside the music industry to take notice is really cool.”
Although the recognition was based on a past performance, drumline member and music education sophomore Timothy Biles said it has made an impact on the current drumline.
He said it encourages new members to step up and builds the confidence of those who have been in the line before.
Williams said the excitement of being recognized has not interfered with the effort put in daily by the 50 drumline members.
They continue to rehearse with the rest of the marching band every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with an additional hour and a half of percussion practice every Sunday.
“The great thing about this group is that they’re not only hard workers and good students, but they’re nice people,” Williams said.
Cody Haddock, drumline member and music education junior, said he is honored by the recognition, but there is no reason to become complacent.
“I’ve always known that this was a special group,” Haddock said. “This ranking has made the drumline work harder because now we have to live up to even higher standards.”
The Green Brigade Drumline can be seen defending their title at UNT’s next home game Saturday at Apogee Stadium.
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