It's a New Tune for the Star of Nevada Marching Band
By Melissa Meacham
As the Star of Nevada Marching Band tunes up for the upcoming football season, many new changes are on the score. The Star of Nevada Marching Band has enthusiastically joined in the effort to create a "new" look for football this season. New uniform, new location, new members…It's a New Tune for the Star of Nevada Marching Band.
"We are excited about the debut of our new uniforms", says Tony LaBounty, UNLV Marching Band Director. "We had surpassed the need to update our uniforms." It has been seven years since the Star of Nevada Marching Band has performed in new uniforms. With the financial assistance of the Thomas and Mack Center and the University this update in uniforms became a reality.
"With the renovation of the new venues, I felt it was fitting to play a role in making sure that the Marching Band had a new appearance as well," says Pat Christenson, Director of the Thomas and Mack Center and Sam Boyd Stadium. "The new uniforms are marvelous and display the traditional collegiate look we wanted to achieve."
As a spectator scans the crowd, it will be easier to locate the band this season at Sam Boyd Stadium. Per the request of UNLV Head Football Coach, John Robinson the Star of Nevada Marching Band will be moving their location from the stands to the north end zone.
"The new location will make us closer to the action and allow us to be a part of the game," La Bounty said. "We can do a better job from the end zone and feed off the crowd. I am pleased that Coach Robinson wants us to be there."
"Having the band close to the end zone creates excitement and noise as we drive for a touchdown," says Joe Hubbard, UNLV Football Director of Operations. "And assists our defense in creating pressure as the opponent's offense approaches the end zone."
Logistically it will make the movement on and off of the field easier for the approximate 130 band members. "This is the largest group of members we have had in years," says LaBounty. "Everything is happening and you can feel the excitement of Rebel Football in the air. Our members are thrilled about all of the upcoming changes and are looking forward to their first performance on the new grass field September 18th."
As the construction crews finish up the last minute details at Sam Boyd Stadium, the Star of Nevada Marching Band is tuning up to play the UNLV Fight Song, "Win with the Rebels" in the peppering autumn air.
Whether it's pumping up the crowds at the Rebel Experience or entertaining fans at pre-game and half-time, Saturdays at Sam Boyd Stadium this fall will be excitement spectators won't want to miss.
With this summer's installation of grass, a new field design also was necessary. Out are the solid-black end zones and heavily detailed center logo. In are the grass-preserving red arrows in the ends and classic UNLV lettering at midfield. The arrows are part of an overall theme developed by the school's Sports Marketing Department to match Head Coach John Robinson's new arrow-striped helmets, jerseys and game pants.
Also moving to grass this fall is The University of Colorado, a change that helps push the nation's percentage of grass fields to its highest level (67 percent) since the NCAA first kept records in 1978.