VCU Pep Band: The heart and soul of the Rams

HOUSTON, TX (WWBT) - The VCU Ram Pep band has been with the team before anyone jumped on the VCU bandwagon. Many people who go to games on a regular basis think they are often the best part.

Their sound is unmistakable. Their energy is unmatched. If there ever was a term for *superfan* the VCU band fits the bill.

"I wouldn't say 'crazy' but definitely unique. We don't fit in the box of an actual pep band," said piccolo player Leslie Lopez.

A rag tag group of students and alumni, the pep band is not associated with the music department. They pick their own set lists and they function on their own. It creates a mix of talented musicians with a passion for VCU basketball.

"I am a big sports guy," said junior trombone player Brian Kappus. "Everyone here is a big fan of the basketball team and it really just fits with me."

And they have put that imprint on the many cities they have visited. They have performed impromptu concerts in the different NCAA towns. It is something *most* people seem to enjoy.

"When we were in Chicago the cops came because we got a noise complaint," said Jonathan Clark a tuba player. "We told we'd pack it up and they gave us suggestions of places we could go, because they liked it too so it was really cool."

Now this pep band, which is an "unofficial" part of the team, is prepared to take the Rams all the way to the championship.

The Ram pep band will also have a competition this weekend. They face off in the Battle of NCAA Pep Bands against defending champion, Butler.

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