Daily Archives: March 24, 2016

Wind Ensemble concert showcases Hilltopper talent

By Hannah Mason, Assistant Editor

To start with, I am not a musician. I have no specialized or technical knowledge about music, but I attended Wednesday night’s Odds and Evens Concert, performed by the West Liberty Wind Ensemble – and I was impressed. I think this concert showed just how tremendous and diverse the talent here on the hilltop is, and how events like these can bring lots of people—musicians or not—together.

The concert began at 7:30 p.m. the evening of Wednesday, March 23, in College Hall. The Wind Ensemble, with its 32 student musicians, two professors, and conductor and professor Patrick Garrett, started with a piece called “Mangulina.” Happily, I found that most of the seats around me were filled, with more people walking in as the show was beginning. I stopped counting heads when I got to 50.

Marching Band Cut from Music Program

By Ian Beabout, Online Editor

On Friday, March 18th, it was announced that, as of fall 2016, both the Marching Hilltoppers and Pep Band would be cut from the music department’s curriculum. The announcement subsequently came as an e-mail from director Brian Baldauff, sent to the members of both ensembles.

One Last Go Around for Six Toppers

By Cody Shook, Contributing Writer

The baseball season is underway, and for six seniors their collegiate careers are coming to an end. Anthony Bond, Chris Secore, Clay Francis, DJ Busby, Jordan Meyer and Mark Smyth are looking to win 33 or more regular season games to become the winningest team in a four year stretch in school history. If they win 33 games they will tie the school record for wins in a season.

These seniors have made it to the conference tournament every year they’ve played here on the hilltop, but this year they have bigger goals than simply making the tournament. Before the season they made a goal to win the conference tournament and make it to the regional tournament for the first time in their careers.

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