On Aug. 7, the Shippensburg University Marching Band (SUMB) started their band camp for their 2022 season.
The show, “Whatever it Takes,” is directed by Trevor Famulare, director of bands, and Aaron Trumbore. The show is conducted by drum majors Bryce Fischer, Grace Dykes and Ryann Libor.
“Our 2022 production ‘Whatever It Takes’ is more than a field show to the 140-plus [people] that perform it,” said Aidan Piper, vice president of SU Bands. “It is about adventure and determination, but to the members it is the binding agent for our group. We all come here every year to stand in the heat for 12-plus hours a day for 10 days because we love the activity and the atmosphere here at Ship.”
According to Piper, this year’s production pushes the band farther physically, mentally and musically than ever before. Still, everyone is rising to the occasion and counting down the days until their debut in the Seth Grove Stadium.
“I cannot begin to express how excited and proud I am of the 2022 Shippensburg University Marching Band,” said Olivia Faenza, president of SU Bands. “Our production will have our audiences at the edge of their seats as the SUMB pilots them through a thrilling, fast-paced adventure. As a senior in the SUMB this season, I’m extremely thankful in this show in particular since it will be my last.”
Kyler Alexis, who plays baritone, said that being in the SUMB is one of the best experiences she has had at SU. “I was able to adapt to college life a whole lot easier. The band also gives students chances to travel and extracurricular activities. It feels really good to give back to others and represent the university by playing music.”
Julia Baumgardner, who plays tenor saxophone, echoed similar sentiments about SUMB.
“I’ve been involved in music ensembles for most of my life, and joining the SUMB has been one of the best experiences for me musically,” Baumgardner said. “I’ve grown into a better person and musician since joining.”
The SUMB community feels like a big family. Everyone comes together to support each and Shippensburg University as a whole, Baumgardner said.
The SUMB will make its 2022 season debut on Sept. 10 at the football game against Seton Hill in Seth Grove Stadium.