first_imgBefore coming to Notre Dame, assistant band director Justin McManus said he thought working for the Band of the Fighting Irish was one of the “wonder” jobs.Now the band’s assistant director, McManus said belonging to the organization has been an experience unlike any other.“It’s unique because you get a different appreciation for [Notre Dame],” he said.In order to share this experience with current students, as well as provide them with a chance to learn more about the program, the Notre Dame Band will be hosting an open house Thursday at 5 p.m. in the Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall. The event will give students a chance to familiarize themselves with the opportunities the band offers as well as talk to current band members.McManus, who first proposed the open house, said the event was developed to improve the program’s recruitment of non-freshmen. The band has no trouble recruiting students who are new to campus but struggles to draw in upperclassmen and graduate students, he said.Many students interested in band are hesitant to join freshman year because they’re concerned about the time commitment and would rather focus their energy on adjusting to college life, McManus said.“Then they think they just can’t join after freshman year,” he said.McManus said he hopes the open house will both help to dispel this assumption and provide students with the information they need to get involved.The open house will commence with a brief overview of the program, which will include a description of the different types of bands and ensembles it offers as well as their respective time commitments and skill requirements, McManus said. In addition, the event will have 17 different instruments available for students to try and there will also be a tour of the band facilities.Junior MacKenzie Cavanagh and senior Brynn Alexander, the two band ambassador coordinators, will be joining McManus to provide a student perspective on joining the band.Alexander said she hopes the event will provide students with a “fun way to get to know the band and see if it’s a good fit.”Students do not need to be well-versed in an instrument to join, McManus said. The sheer breadth of the band program provides a place for all students, from beginners to long-time experts, he said.For example, several bands are better suited for beginners, such as the basketball band and hockey band, Cavanagh said. After becoming well-acquainted with an instrument, students can audition for programs requiring more skill, such as the marching band, she said.Cavanagh said the band is eager to work with individuals of all skill sets and works to accommodate each individual in their specific needs.“Everyone is very welcoming,” she said. “Everyone is very supportive.”Tags: Band of the Fighting Irish, Open House, Ricci Band Rehearsal Halllast_img read more

first_imgTHE Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) has released the names of its team along with alternates for the Junior Caribbean cycling Championships set for August 10-11 in the ‘green town’ of Bartica.At a simple yet significant gathering in the National Park on Saturday last where most of the cyclists were present along with some parents, five of them were presented with cycles by President of the GCF, Horace Burrowes.They also received helmets, shoes and some other items, all compliments of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) which, for the first time, donated cycles and other equipment to the local federation.The team is as follows: Juniors – Ajay Gopilall and Ralph Seenarine. Juveniles – David Hicks, Mario Washington and Jerimiah Joseph. Ladies – Clivecia Spencer and Selena Stephen. Alternates – Steve Bhimsen, Sherwin Sampson and Elisha Rutherford.In handing over the items to the cyclists, Burrowes informed them that it was as a result of the UCI that they were able to benefit, stating that the cycles would remain the property of the GCF.“This is a great opportunity for all of you and one of historical importance as Guyana has never before hosted any Caribbean championship. You have an opportunity to ink your names in the history books by doing yourself and country proud. Discipline, sacrifice and commitment are key pillars of your journey in this sport and as long as you can positively build on those, you can conquer your opposition.”The GCF is working on taking the entire team to Bartica this week to intensify training while still in the hunt for sponsorship. Not present at Saturday’s activity were Gopilall and Stephen.last_img read more

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