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VCU, Peppa's leader Kopacsi agrees to new deal

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Virginia Commonwealth University and the school's pep band leader have reached an agreement on a new contract.

Earlier this month Ryan Kopacsi announced his retirement on Facebook, which got a lot of attention in the Ram community.

Here is part of a statement released by VCU Monday:

"For 15 years, engaging Director Ryan Kopacsi has led the VCU Pep Band, The Peppas, as it entertained the masses at VCU athletic contests and other events."

That tradition will continue, as VCU Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin announced that Kopacsi has agreed to a contract extension to remain as band director.

"Since my arrival last summer, it is clear to me how much value The Peppas bring to VCU Athletics and the university community. After several months of negotiations, we have agreed on a contract with Ryan Kopacsi to continue serving as director of the band," McLaughlin said. "While it is our policy not to discuss specifics of any contract, I am able to say that our agreement includes an increase in salary, compensation for undergraduate classes at VCU and first-time funding for an assistant. As part of the agreement, The Peppas will have an increased presence at many additional intercollegiate events as well as VCU Athletics corporate and donor events."

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