I joined the OABC because I wanted to do my part in improving the experience of the Oregon Athletic Bands for its members. I have been a part of the OABC for over 2 years since joining as a freshman. My favorite memory being in the OAB would be when we traveled to Stanford during the 2011 football season and supported the Ducks as they played one of their most exciting games of the season.
I originally joined the OMB because I wanted a way to make friends, but over the past two years it has given me much more than that. OMB and the OAB have given me a chance to grow as a friend, a musician and as a leader. I can not think of any group or institution that has given as much to me as the OAB. Fill out an interest card, come to an OABC meeting or come watch one of our performances, I promise you won't regret it!
Hello, my name is Arryn Bess and I am a junior at the UO where I study music education and horn. I joined OAB when I made it into the Yellow Garter Band on mellophone and have loved every minute of being in that ensemble.
I joined the OAB in order to do what I love. I love Oregon Athletics and I love to play music, and the OAB is a perfect harmony of the two. My favorite OAB memory was the halftime show at the 2012 Rose Bowl. We performed at our best on the biggest stage of the year!
I transferred to the UO in fall 2012 and am a business administration major. That fall I became a member of the OMB color guard. I joined council early fall 2012 because I want to help the Oregon Athletic bands become the best they can be. My favorite memory of being a part of the Marching band is when we were travelling back from Seattle last fall, two kids went around getting autographs from the band members. It was so cute!
Hello, my name is Zachary Horn and this is my first year in OABC. I joined because I wanted to try and make a difference while also having a hand in helping the athletic bands. I am a Choral Music Education major and I am also an avid ultimate frisbee player.
I just joined the OABC last year, but I am excited to work with my peers to help the band as a whole. My favorite OAB memory was playing at the Oregon/Arizona basketball game last year. It was a slugfest of a game but we pulled out a win over the Wildcats. Playing the fight song as the crowd rushed the court was awesome.
I am a junior at the U of O, and this is my third year in the OAB. I love being in such a huge group of musicians who bring energy and support to every event we perform for.
I joined OAB because I love music and I love marching. My favorite moment in OAB is probably playing at the Natty and marching in Rose Parade. And I'm just a normal dude in the OABC.
I joined the OAB because it's been my dream to march with the OMB since I was in the eighth grade. I've always wanted to be part of something bigger than myself and joining the OABC really helped out. I've been bouncing around in positions since I joined 2 years ago. I've been in committees like Communications, Recruiting and a general member. Favorite thing, still to this day, were the cymbal polishing parties we had at the hotels on our away games! So much fun!
I joined OABC in order to help the band behind the scenes, I have been in OABC for 2 years where I have held the Treasurer from 2012-2013. This next year, I would like to continue to see more work done to help the band through great leadership within the council.
Bio: I joined the band because I saw them on TV during the Rose Bowl of 1995. I have have lots of favorite memories, but one of my favorite trips was going to Las Vegas.
I joined the OAB to do my part for a program that had so positively affected my freshman college experience . Without OAB adjusting to my new college life would have been much more difficult than if I hadn't. I instantly came into my first day of classes with a solid group of friends that would have my back, free home football and basketball seats, and a whole host of fun trips and activities. In my year as part of OABC I worked on the Communications Committee, which worked to put together "The Duck Call" for trips, and many other associated things. I am excited to continue working with OABC, because the future seems to hold bright things for the OAB!
I joined OAB because I wanted to continue to have music in my life even though I'm not a music major. My favorite moments of being in OAB would have to be performing our pregame and halftime shows!
I've had a life long love affair with performing music, it's sad but it's true. This is exactly the reason I joined the Oregon Athletic Bands, I couldn't give up on something I loved doing so much just because I went off to college. Joining the OAB is definitely joining a new way of life (say goodbye to all of your Saturdays, and say hello to putting more time into working on a halftime show than you would into any other class), but along with the "hardships" that come with joining this way of life you also get some of the best friends you'll ever have, awesome opportunities you couldn't get anywhere else, and the greatest sense of accomplishment when you get to the end of a great season. And that's why I love the OAB.
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