Pep Band Revival

January 4, 2019

Five years after St. Bonaventure University's Athletics Department cut the basketball team's pep band, the band has returned.

According to TAP into Greater Olean, this was made possible through a fundraiser by the athletic department, and a video by Robby Takac, a Buffalo native and bassist for the Goo Goo Dolls. Through these, $25,000 was raised for the band.

Jasmine Clasing, a senior sociology major and a saxophonist in the pep band, said she had long wanted the pep band to return, saying, “Live music always gets people hyped up."

“I remember being at A-10s last year in D.C. and we were the only school in the conference that didn’t have a pep band,” Clasing said. “We actually paid another school to wear Bona’s T-shirts and play for us. It drove me crazy."

Tim Dyet, a musician with experience in pep bands, directs the pep band.

“A pep band to me is an extension of the biggest fans in the arena,” Dyet said. “We read the crowds and the state of the team and from that we select some great musical hits to keep everyone amped up!”

While the band has fewer members than in the past, Dyet said he is accepting newcomers.

“We are happily letting anyone interested join. It doesn’t matter how much or little experience you have,” Dyet said. “In just a few weeks I had players coming in with little experience, and now they sound like they have been playing for years."

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