Wichita State to have marching band starting this fall

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WICHITA — Wichita State University plans to start a marching band this fall.

The university said in a news release that the band, which will be called the “Shocker Sound Machine,” will include brass, saxophone and a drum line.

Tim Shade, director of bands at the school, says the new band will feature high-energy performances. It will perform mostly at Wichita State basketball games and major student events.

The school hopes the band will eventually have about 200 members.

Band members will pay a minimal fee in the first year. In the second year, students will have to enroll in a 1-credit course to participate. Scholarships for up to 100 students will be available in the 2019-20 school year.

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