Drumroll for President Welsh

From left to right: President Welsh, Zac Capella, Sarah Minton, Jean Lee, Shannon Buckley. Photo Credit / Courtney Vallette

From left to right: President Welsh, Zac Capella, Sarah Minton, Jean Lee, Shannon Buckley. Photo Credit / Courtney Vallette

BY Jean Lee
SC Staff Writer

Four snare drums sat on the stadium bleachers as the ESU warrior marching band played for our football team. On these four snare drums, only three drummers played.

It was only a matter of time before President Welsh came down from the president’s box with her newly warped drumsticks and filled in as the missing drummer on snare number four.

During the football game against Cheyney, President Welsh rocked out with the ESU drum-line. She came down from the president’s box at our stadium and played a few different stand tunes with our marching band.

Since President Welsh has become the new president of East Stroudsburg University, she has shown her support to the warrior marching band. It turns out that she is a former drummer.

“It’s really nice to have someone care about the band, since we haven’t had so much support in the past,” said bass drummer, Brandon Key.

During the first home football game of the season, President Welsh was seen dancing along to the band’s music and showing excitement for the bands enthusiasm.

During the second home football game, director of bands, Dr. Otis French, and percussion coordinator, Jim Wilson, presented President Welsh with a wrapped pair of drumsticks as a gift.

Not too long after she received her sticks, President Welsh volunteered to come to a warrior marching band Friday practice to play with the drum line. Together they played songs such as “Dynamite”, “Livin’ on a Prairie”, and the ESU “Fight Song”.

“I think she is doing what a president should do. She is very involved with the student activities, which is one of the things I admire most in a president,” said trumpet player, Dianna Morgan.

The Warrior marching band appreciates President Welsh’s support and looks forward to playing with her again in the future.

If any students attend the next ESU home football game, keep an eye out for your president playing the snare drum and cheer her on.

Email Jean at:
jll9696@live.esu.edu