Pep band

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A pep band is an ensemble of instrumentalists who play at functions or events with the purpose of entertaining and "pepping" up a crowd.[1] Often members of a pep band are a subset of people from a larger ensemble such as a marching band or a concert band. Pep bands are generally associated with performing at pep rallies and sporting events (usually football, basketball or hockey). With a few exceptions, pep bands are exclusive to the collegiate and high school level. The typical instrumentation of a pep band is the same as most marching bands, using mainly woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Pep bands typically don't use primarily orchestral instruments (double reeds, strings, etc.), but this is not a hard set limitation.

Pep bands have been in existence for a very long time, however their origins are vague and hard to find. The concept of pep band most likely sprung from marching band (a band during sporting events with choreography while they play music, normally with uniforms). While playing at competitive events, should both teams have a pep band, the bands will compete and go back and forth playing songs. Although pep bands mainly play modern pop music, other styles will occasionally be incorporated such as jazz. People who are uninformed may say that pep bands serve no purpose are wrong. When asked, members of the high school football team stated that having a pep band makes all the difference. Team members are more motivated and pumped up, ready to play, when there is live music. Many schools with pep band do not see the pep band as a priority. As a result, pep bands tend to be under funded. All participants of pep band participate out of pure joy and love of music even though there is usually no reward attached.



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