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Wilkes University Announces Drum Majors

Contact: Vicki Mayk

Wilkes University Marching Band Drum MajorsWilkes University recently selected students Martina Barna and Sofia Soares as drum majors to lead the University’s new marching band. The band – the only collegiate marching band in northeast Pennsylvania – will debut at the Colonels’ first home football game in fall 2014. The two women were chosen following auditions held earlier in the spring 2014 semester. Barna is a sophomore chemistry major from Archbald, Pa., and Soares is a sophomore pre-pharmacy student from Effort, Pa. They say that the band gives them an ideal opportunity to enjoy a favorite activity while pursuing their academic interests. Philip G. Simon, associate professor of performing arts, will direct the band, which will perform in drum corps style and will include wind and percussion musicians and a color guard. The pair was recently congratulated by Wilkes President Patrick Leahy on their selection as drum majors for the band’s inaugural season. Pictured in the president’s office are, from left, Simon, associate professor of performing arts and marching band director, Barna, President Leahy, Soares, and Steven Thomas, associate professor and chair of performing arts.

Published On: 5/2/2014
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