"BECAUSE A SCRAMBLE BAND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE."
Welcome to the website of Friends of the Virginia Pep Band, Inc. (FVPB)!
We are an organization committed to preserving the scramble band tradition
at the University of Virginia and supporting the continued operations
of the Virginia Pep Band.
Why We Love the Virginia Pep Band (and So Would Have Thomas Jefferson)!
We believe that in an age of cookie-cutter "State U's," UVA should
not be afraid to maintain a distinct identity. We believe that the Pep
Band is an important part of UVA's unique character. As one of a few
entirely student-run Division I sports bands in the United States, the
Pep Band provides a unique opportunity for student leadership and growth.
The Pep Band's "scramble band"-style shows feature an invigorating blend
of energetic music and creative humor that (we believe) is far more
interesting than the staid performance style of a conventional marching
band. In its 29-year history, the overwhelming majority of the Pep Band's
performances have left audiences with smiles on their faces. In an age
where the influence of profit seems to have no limit in intercollegiate
athletics, the Pep Band is a refreshing reminder that college-level
sports are played by amateur student-athletes to a primarily student
audience for the supposed purpose of fostering the development of young
men and women through competition and sportsmanship.
Together, We Can Keep the Pep Band Scrambling!
To keep this valued University
tradition alive, we have started a campaign that we affectionately call
"Pep Band 2020." We are seeking donations that will be used to replace
the essential operating funds the Pep Band has lost.
In the long term, our goal is to facilitate the Pep Band's return to Scott Stadium. (Hey, the Berlin Wall eventually fell, didn't it?!) By e-mailing your contact information to friends @ orangevest.org (remove extra spaces), we will add you to our database. We hope that with time and input from concerned members of the UVA community, the administration and athletic department will come to realize that showcasing the unique performances of the student-run Pep Band is consistent with UVA's best interests.
Any support you can offer will help us achieve our mission of supporting the Pep Band in its time of need. Unlike UVA, we do not anticipate receiving any eight-figure gifts from wealthy alums with the last name of "Smith." That's why we need your help now!!!
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