Pep Band to Perform National Anthem for Saturday Race at Martinsville Speedway

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HPU High Point University Pep BandHIGH POINT, N.C., April 2, 2013 – High Point University’s Pep Band, which was established in 1927, will perform the national anthem on Saturday before the start of the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. Students will take the stage at 1:30 p.m., and the race is scheduled to begin at 1:40 p.m.

The Kroger 250 will be televised live on Saturday on the SPEED Network.

The Pep Band consists of 29 members from 10 different states pursuing degrees in more than 17 fields of study. Dr. Danny Frye, faculty adviser to the group and assistant professor of music, will accompany and direct the band during the performance.

On campus, the band performs at men’s and women’s home basketball games, volleyball games, and special events across campus and in the community. In all, the band performs at 40 events every year in front of more than 47,000 viewers.

“At High Point University, we believe in educating the whole student,” says Frye. “Celebrating our country’s rich heritage by performing the national anthem at the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway will not only be a meaningful musical experience for these students, but also a memorable social experience for them.”

“As a performance major, this opportunity will benefit me greatly in the long run,” adds Tyler Steelman, SGA president and percussionist in the Pep Band. “This will be wonderful exposure for the band and will help us secure future performances.”

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