Sac State marching band performs to recruit members

Lauren Gaughan

Sacramento State’s marching band performed an exhibition at the Folsom Fall Festival Saturday evening at Folsom High School.

The performance was a compilation of five songs that included Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and Sac State’s fight song said Angela Marino, a junior civil engineering major.

The event is always on the first Saturday in November said Clay Redfield, associate director of bands.

Redfield said the event is a good recruitment opportunity for the university as well as a chance for the students to be role models for high school students.

“It gives high school students a chance to see what a college marching band is like,” Redfield said. “We want to show the students that there is an opportunity for them to continue in music regardless of what they choose to continue to do as a major.”

Many students take the marching band course for reasons other than just music.

“I’ve been doing marching band since high school,” said Marino. “I love playing – it gives me a chance to relax and get away from my engineering hard classes and studies.”

Marvin Reed, sophomore sociology major as well the bands drum major, was influenced to come to Sac State from a similar exhibition performance in high school.

“I saw the group and I was debating which schools to go to – CSU East Bay or here,” Reed said. “I saw that there was a lot of Kennedy alumni in there and it seemed like it would be a really fun experience for me to do it.”

Reed marched trumpet his first year, was drum major his second and third year and hopes to be on staff to judge next year.

The marching band’s next big event is on Saturday for Veteran’s Day at the Community Center Theater and will be with the Sacramento Youth Symphony. For more information on when the marching band performs go to

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