WILKES-BARRE, PA — Freshman mechanical engineering student Joshua Hagan of Hopatcong, N.J., is participating in Wilkes University’s first marching band, the Marching Colonels. The band is the first collegiate marching band in northeast Pennsylvania. Hagan, the son of Martin and Misty Hagan, plays the euphonium.
The band debuts at the Colonels’ first home football game versus Muhlenberg College at 1 p.m. on September 6. The marching band performs in drum corps style and includes wind and percussion musicians as well as color guard. The band offers students many opportunities for leadership development, including drum majors, section leaders, and setup crew leaders, guard, pit and drum line captains. The Marching Colonels are directed by Philip G. Simon, who is in his 10th year as director of instrumental studies at Wilkes.
Speaking about the band’s debut, Wilkes President Patrick F. Leahy said, “The Wilkes University Marching Band allows students to continue to play a musical instrument while launching a new tradition, building a legacy and being a part of Wilkes history. It will greatly enhance school spirit during football season and beyond.”
About Wilkes University:
Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university provides its students with the experience, mentoring and education necessary for career and intellectual development as well as personal growth. Recently named one of the fastest growing universities in the United States by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Wilkes offers the doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education and doctor of pharmacy degrees and more than a dozen master’s degree programs, including the master of business administration and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu