This semester (Fall 2010) has been a busy semester for both the Iota Phi chapter and the UNH Bands. The Wildcat Marching Band has finished up its regular season. This year’s highlight was probably performing at the first annual “Colonial Clash,” the first ever college football game played at Gillette Stadium against UMass. We were able to meet and perform with several other chapters this year through marching band: The Theta Upsilon Chapter at the University of Rhode Island during our away trip, the Kappa Gamma chapter at Lehigh University at a home football game, and the Epsilon Nu chapter at UMass, our big brother chapter, at the Gillette game.
Concert ensembles also had a productive semester, with the Wind Symphony saying goodbye to 13 seniors, the largest hit the group has taken in many years. 2 senior spots will need to be filled in symphonic band, and 4 seniors will leave concert band this semester.
The Iota Phi chapter has worked dilligently for the bands this fall. We helped to fund leadership days for WMB Band Camp, painted music department stands, gave some bulletin boards in the PCAC a makeover, and several other small projects. We are currently rehearsing for our annual “Solstice in Song” concert, which will take place on December 12th at 11AM at Chester Academy (Chester, NH) where alumnous brother Kurt Schweiss teaches.
We recently gained 12 enthusiastic membership candidates, members of the Alpha Alpha class: