Q: How much time does the basketball band take?
A: Pep band rehearses on some Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. As women's and men's games are played back-to-back and each last approximately 2 hours, each game day is roughly a 5-hour commitment (the band meets 30 minutes prior to tipoff of the women's games). There are usually 5-6 home games during a season, but the number of games can change yearly.
The Peach Belt Conference basketball tournament usually falls during UNCP's spring break, and the NCAA tournament begins the following week. The PBC and NCAA allow no more than 30 performing members for any tournament games. The tournament pep band will be chosen based on instrumentation, seniority, and attendance.
Q: What are the "perks" for being in the band?
- Free courtside seats to every home basketball game
- Free travel to the Peach Belt and NCAA tournaments (as needed)
- All members receive a stipend for participating
Q: Is there a requirement for playing in marching band or concert band to be in the basketball band?
A: No. Many pep band members are drawn from the marching band, but it is not required for students to march in order to be in the pep band. Students also do not have to play in concert band either semester to be in marching or pep band.
Q: If I have a conflict, is it possible to miss a game?
A: Pep band is a participation activity -- if students miss performances, it affects the overall sound of the ensemble. However, if an unavoidable conflict arises, students should speak to Mr. Spitzer ASAP.