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Schools Unite To Create One Marching Band

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Students from four universities will join forces to create the largest marching band in Vanderbilt's history and take the stage during the school's homecoming half-time show.

The sound of a marching band is considered by many as the heartbeat of the University and Vanderbilt's "Spirit of the Gold" marching band is no different.

"The spirit is the enthusiasm and the excitement of college football," said Director of bands at Vanderbilt University, Dwayne Sagen.

One of the things that make this marching band so unique is its make-up of students from Vanderbilt, Belmont, Lipscomb and Trevecca universities.

"They use the Vanderbilt band program as a lab and they learn how to teach marching band and performing outside," said Sagen.

This partnership started back in the 1960s, when neighboring university did not have a marching band.

Through the years the program has become popular with more students coming from neighboring universities to play in Vanderbilt's marching band.

Sagen says that comes with another partnership.

"Going to two bowl games within four years and having the excitement of what our team is doing now is really helping the students come in for where they want to be a part of the band too."

Vanderbilt takes on U Mass on Saturday at 6 p.m.

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