Loras College students have been approaching music faculty with the idea of starting a Loras drumline group since last fall. An anonymous donor has now made their request possible.
A drumline is a section of percussion instruments that are played as part of a musical marching ensemble. Some examples include high school and college marching bands, indoor percussion ensembles, and drum corps.
“I was approached by Grant Duncan and Joel Pohland about starting this. My initial reply was ‘yes, wonderful’,” said Glenn Pohland
., assistant professor of music and director of instrumental music and music education at Loras College. Creating the group, however, meant a very large outlay for purchasing new instruments.
Thanks to the donor’s generosity, the necessary equipment has now arrived. “I reached out to Mr. Mike Omarzu at Western Dubuque High School and Greg Orwoll, who works with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, to talk about equipment needs and we now we have moved forward,” Pohland explained.
“Having a drumline group will be great at Loras because it will give students another musical opportunity outside of band, jazz band, or choir. It will also attract many people who may have done marching band or drum corps in high school. It will also add on to an already growing music department, which is awesome!” stated Joel Pohland
(’13) (Peosta, Iowa).
“Loras students will be excited to watch a football game knowing our team will play great and the drumline will be there to help pump up the crowd along with the cheerleaders and pep band,” Duncan added.
Pohland, along with student leaders, had an organizational meeting with interested students and found that there was certainly enough interest to get going. The group has enough equipment for four snares, three toms, five bass drums, and three cymbal players.