Give a hoot; toot your horns

Strike up the band and give a cheer
for the Owls.

Murphy Tetley, instructor of
management information systems, wanted to encourage William Woods University
students to take pride in their school, so he
organized a pep band to play at home basketball games.
 
“It is important, as a university, that we have all
the school-spirit-related
things, and the pep band was the logical next step,” says Tetley.
 
Instruments played by the pep band include three
trumpets, three saxophones, two piccolos, a flute, a trombone, a bass, an
electric bass, the drums, and a French horn, which Tetley plays.
 
Made up of students, faculty/staff
and community members, it is open to everyone. The
WWU Parliament Pep
Band was chosen as the name to tie in with the
university’s owl mascot.  A parliament is a group of owls.
 
The band has a diverse group of members
who all have
various reasons for joining the band. Most of the members are current and former members
of their high school bands.
 
“I wanted to play for the college
experience and meeting new people,” said
Zackery Oliver, trumpet player. An alumnus of
Fulton High School, he
played in the band there.
 
Susan Jackson, a WWU junior from
Bonne Terre, Mo., said, “I’ve been playing in pep band since high school so coming
to college, I
wanted to continue the school spirit
and keep playing.”
 
Jackson, a drummer, added, “I feel like the band
can give the players energy and motivation during the game. Music has a way
of doing that to people, whether
it be at a game, cleaning house or doing homework.”

Self-proclaimed
“band nerds,” Dan and Katie Harris Kreienheder both hold degrees in music education from
Central Methodist University. Katie is a 2005 graduate of
Fulton High School, and the couple have
lived in Fulton since they got
married in 2010.
 
“Because we miss
playing our instruments so much, Murph invited us to play in the WWU pep
band,” said Katie, a piccolo player.

“Having a music education
degree and having played in pep bands since high school, I jumped
at the opportunity,” said Dan, a trumpeter.

“Playing for William Woods is a
highlight of my weeks and months.”

The Parliament plans
to play at both men and women’s games. Songs will vary, but
Tetley says their repertoire
will definitely include the National Anthem
and the WWU fight song, which he also
put together. Their first
appearance was Jan. 12, and
Tetley said the band did a great job.
 
“Many people thanked
us. The National Anthem
was a huge hit! We even got a positive comment from our streaming online crowd!”
 
A Central Methodist University graduate, Tetley
has a lot of pride for his own alma mater and
he wants to see that same pride
exhibited for WWU. He wants students to be able to recall their fight song
long after they have graduated and be proud to have been an Owl.
 
“It isn’t about any other school; it is
about us, the Owls!” Tetley exclaimed.
 
Members of the Parliament Pep
Band, in addition to
Tetley, the Kreienheders, Jackson and Oliver, are WWU students Ethan Martin of
Fulton, trumpet; Maggie McCarver of Ballwin, Mo., flute; Keith Nigus of Fulton,
sax/electric bass; and Rebecca Palmer of Columbia, Mo., sax.
 
Fulton High School band
members in the Parliament Pep
Band are Luke Nigus, sax; Genevieve Randall, piccolo; and Fern Stevermer,
trombone. Thomas Collins, a Helias High School student, plays
bass.

CUTLINES:
Murphy Tetley
Keith Nigus and Rebecca Palmer
Maggie McCaruer