LOGAN – The Utah State University football team’s recent bowl game appearance brought an end not only to its 2019 season but also to the Aggie Marching Band’s year.
As Director of USU’s athletic bands Dr. Lane Weaver is preparing for two more months of basketball pep band appearances in the Spectrum, but he knows the next marching band season isn’t far off.
”Much like a sports team, the recruiting process happens all throughout the season,” Weaver explained. “For the music department here we have scholarship auditions; all of our scholarships are distributed through audition. That comes up here in February.”
He said he will spend this summer arranging all of next season’s music while writing out the field drill routines for each of the 2020 football halftimes.
”And then we have our student leadership, they’re reaching out, different section leaders, trumpet section leaders, drum line section leaders,” he added. They’re reaching out to their sections all through the summer, communicating. Making sure everybody’s up to speed.
“Then we show up on campus. Our drums show up about 10 days before classes start and everybody else shows up about a week before classes start. Then we’re in three-a-day practices for about six days in a row there.”
When Dr. Weaver took over USU athletic bands in 2016 there were 90 marching band members. The band has since grown to 170 strong in 2019.
He is a native of southeast Idaho and is a USU graduate who once served as assistant director of bands at the University of Notre Dame.