The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

Alex Borg poses for a photo with an accordion on Soldiers and Sailors Lawn.

Alex Borg: Her accordion anchors a ‘no-man Jimmy Buffett band’

By Patrick Swain, Culture Editor April 12, 2024

A bulky, boxy suitcase sat tucked under Alex Borg’s bed on the third floor of Nordenberg Hall during her first year at Pitt. During moments when the dorm sounded a bit too quiet, a lucky few crowded...

Members of the band If Kansas Had Trees” performing on stage.

‘I can’t comprehend it’: Student band experiences newfound success with recent single

By Trinity Foster, Senior Staff Writer March 17, 2023
Student band If Kansas Had Trees (IKHT) is experiencing unprecedented success with their newest single “Swallow,” with more than 36,000 streams on Spotify.
The Pitt band currently uses the Sports Dome and Cost Center for most of its practice, but the new Victory Heights facility will give them a larger and more updated space.

Pitt band to find home in Victory Heights

By Henry Jackson, Staff Writer February 6, 2020
With Victory Heights on the horizon, the Pitt marching band will finally have something it has always lacked — an adequate home.
Crissy Shannon is Pitts first female drum major.

Crissy Shannon: Bending over backwards for Pitt band

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor September 5, 2019
Pitt senior Crissy Shannon earned the role of drum major last spring, becoming the first woman to do so in the band’s 108-year history.
The woodwind section of Pitt’s marching band performs at Heinz Field during a break in the Panthers’ game against Duke on Oct. 27.

Panthers band together in split performances

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor December 10, 2018
With Pitt's band split between three different locations on the weekend of Nov. 30, Director of Bands Brad Townsend had to get creative.
 “Zaki” was the first album released by the band Zaki and consists of seven original tracks. (Photo courtesy of Jack Stauber)

Zaki defies genre in debut of self-titled album

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer March 13, 2018

Jesse Descutner, a 2016 Pitt graduate, heard the environmental term “urban heat island” in an undergraduate urban studies class and immediately thought it would be a good name for his band. In that...

Pitt seniors Derek Arnold and Max Kneis petitioned to bring the band the Haus Band Trio back to Hofbrauhaus on College Night after it was replaced by a DJ. (Photo by Christian Snyder | Multimedia Editor)

Battle for the band: students trade pop for performance at Hofbrauhaus College Night

By Siddhi Shockey | Staff Writer February 1, 2018

In the great beer hall at Hofbrauhaus every Thursday night, college students dance under the warm light of chandeliers to authentic live music — partaking in a beloved College Night tradition. But...

The Naughties perform at Oakland bars twice a month. (Photo courtesy of Jesse Wehner)

The Naughties focus on the fans

The audience at a typical Naughties show can expect anything from bass player Jad Hilal’s usual joke segment to a patriotic onstage reading of the Constitution — backed by red, white and blue stage...

Indie-pop quartet Soda Club performed in chilly temperatures at the Mr. Roboto Project Saturday evening. (Photo courtesy of Nick Seyler)

Soda Club creates their own genre

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer January 9, 2018

Jarrett Krause opened the doors to his classroom at Beth Shalom Early Learning Center in Squirrel Hill Friday morning. His prekindergarten students drew colorful, scribbly pictures and asked him about...

Surf Bored is a mosh-pop band, prominent in Oaklands DIY scene. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Hartman)

Riding the party wave with Surf Bored

By Luke Stambaugh / Staff Writer September 11, 2017

In an Oakland basement adorned with Christmas lights, a two-person “mosh-pop” outfit jams in front of a sweaty crowd of college students. The crowd moshes to the fast-paced, resounding tunes as...

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