Students in the CMU Band Program are committed to serving the larger community that supports our musical efforts. Throughout the year, our instrumentalists can be found performing in libraries, retirement communities, and for special events. We're also ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work! Here are just a few samples of our students' work in 2016.

Playground restored in the Tree Street area

Beginning last spring, the long-neglected Potter Playground at the corner of Maple and Pine streets in Mount Pleasant underwent a complete restoration. Members of the Marching Chips participated in the grass-roots funding of this initiative and in July, took part in the Community Build to install new playground equipment. Today families have a safe, modern park to enjoy.
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Protecting the Environment on South Beach

During our visit to Florida for the Miami Beach Bowl in December, the Chippewa Marching Band joined with the Surfrider Foundation's efforts on behalf of the beach environment. Together with members of the CMU Dance and Cheer teams, and our friends from the University of Tulsa, we removed a massive amount of invasive Scavoela plants from the dunes along the beach and collected 300lbs of trash, largely comprised of micro-plastics from the shoreline.

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Kappa Kappa Psi Joins Effort to Feed Half A Million Kids

On the morning of April 2nd, members of the Lambda Tau Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and other members of the Chippewa Marching Band joined a number of other student and community service clubs for Michigan's "Kiwanis One Day" effort on behalf of Kids Against Hunger. Working in shifts from 7 am to 3 pm, our students helped to package and ship approximately 40,000 meals, destined for food pantries and distribution centers across mid-Michigan. Combined with the efforts of students and adults at ten other sites across the state, the total output of the day's work will provide meals for nearly 500,000 Michiganders. Similar efforts are ongoing in communities across America and our students are proud to have this opportunity to help. In 2008, over 120,000 volunteers packaged a total of 39,822,100 meals for starving children and their families abroad and for hungry people here at home. The goal for 2009 is to increase production by 66%. To join us in this effort, and for more information, visit www.feedingchildren.org

 

 

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Home School Students Rehearse With Wind Symphony

On April 16, students from the National Home School Association band program, cetered in Southeast Michigan, travelled to Mt. Pleasant for a "Side-by-side" rehearsal with the Wind Symphony. Students had the opportunity to rehearse with Dr. Batcheller, meet and interact with our university performers, and get a glimpse of what the future can hold for them as musicians. Ranging in age from 9 to 15 years, our visitors were able to rehearse pieces they're preparing for an upcoming concert with seasoned players sitting alongside and playing with them, and to play along as our students rehearsed works for our April 28 concert with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Members of the Wind Symphony, many of whom had experienced similar opportunities as younger students, were thrilled for the opportunity to show interact with such attentive and energetic youngsters. We are indebted to their director, Don Dobrosky, and their parents for bringing these fantastic young people to CMU!

 

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