By Troy McManigal ‘19
At Brother Rice High School, there is so much enthusiasm going on at a basketball game. The basketball players, the families, and the Crusader Crazies all add to the excitement of the game. Adding to the flavor of the game is a somewhat unique sight.
In the top right corner of the gymnasium, the Brother Rice pep band perform during the varsity games. No other school in the South Side has a group of performers quite like Brother Rice does, because the Crusader’s pep band plays rock music during the games.
The pep band performs rock songs before and after the game. The band will also do parts of songs during quarters and timeouts. The members of the band include drummers Rob Helme and Troy McManigal, singers Liam McGinnis and McManigal, guitarist Dan Egan, Casey Griffin and McGinnis, bass players Pat Kane and Ethan Hedke, keyboard player Nathan Cook, and sax player Nolan Quinn.
Senior Liam McGinnis is the leader of the band. He has had the most experience because he has been playing instruments his entire life.
“The Brother Rice pep band has given me an opportunity to express my musical self to a large crowd,’’ said Liam. He started with electric guitar, and now he plays 5 instruments.
This year the pep band did very well because of the amazing members who added a lot of variety to the music. Junior Robert Rosales said, “The Crusader Crazies would not be complete without the rock songs played by the pep band.”
The band will be performing near the end of the school year at an “unplugged” concert in the Brother Rice courtyard. Watch for ticket information at the end of April.