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Pitt band to find home in Victory Heights

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.

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: Bending over backwards for Pitt band

Crissy Shannon is Pitt's first female drum major.

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.

Panthers band together in split performances

The woodwind section of Pitt’s marching band performs at Heinz Field during a break in the Panthers’ game against Duke on Oct. 27.

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 defies genre in debut of self-titled album

 “Zaki” was the first album released by the band Zaki and consists of seven original tracks. (Photo courtesy of Jack Stauber)

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 same class, Descutner, a guitarist, met bassist Sean O’Connor, a 2017 Pitt graduate. The two ...

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

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)

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 when Pitt senior accounting and business information systems major Derek Arnold walked into College ...

The Naughties focus on the fans

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

By Caroline Bourque and Prachi Patel | Pitt News Staff

January 19, 2018

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 lights. Lead vocalist and guitar player Jesse Wehner, a Pitt senior and economics major, said th...

Soda Club creates their own genre

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

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 his long, curly hair. One day later, the 2015 Pitt alumnus was tossing that same curly hair onst...

Riding the party wave with Surf Bored

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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 the guitarist wipes beads of sweat from his forehead. Surf Bored, a prominent Do-It-Yourself band...

Column: Tired of house parties? Try house shows instead

Pinstripe Sunny plays a set at The Bushnel (Photo Courtesy of The Bushnel)

By Christian Snyder, Columnist

May 30, 2017

There were too many people, the music was too loud, the cooler was empty and it smelled like sweat. I think that might describe every party I attended my first year of college. No matter where it was or who was there, I have no fond memories of piling into someone’s basement with what seemed lik...

Moving on: O’Hara says goodbye to Pitt

Photo Courtesy of Jake Sternberg.

By Jack Mulligan / For The Pitt News

May 23, 2017

Pitt said goodbye to a musical fixture in South Oakland as O’Hara ended their set with a cover of The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” to a boisterous crowd the Friday before spring graduation. From their start in a basement on Parkview Ave. to their final show April 28 at Mr. Smalls Theatre, O...

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