Stuarts Draft pep band rocks gymnasium

Members of the pep band for Stuarts Draft High School rock their gymnasium performing hit songs like Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets.” They perform before the start of their boys’ home basketball game against Wilson Memorial, played in Stuarts Draft on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. (Photo by Mike Tripp/The News Leader)

By Mike Tripp/The News Leader

Saxophonists perform as part of Stuarts Draft’s pep band, playing hit songs like Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets.”

STUARTS DRAFT — The pep band rocked their school Tuesday night, Jan. 3, 2017.

The atmosphere of  the evening’s boys’ basketball game made the gymnasium feel more like a college game at James Madison University’s Convocation Center as opposed to one at Stuarts Draft High School.

As one, they raised musical instruments of all types and played.

Hit songs like Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets” and Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” got the toe-tapping.

We’re not talking the canned stuff that comes from a CD or radio, but good ole music played live.

It echoed from one end of the court to the other.

Band director Andrew Fauber holds up a sign letting the Stuarts Draft’s pep band know their next song will be Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets.”

Band director Andrew Fauber came to life as his students performed “I Want to Believe,” made famous by the legendary Jackson Five.

His hands may have conducted the musicians, but Fauber’s head was bobbing up and down while his body and feet found dance steps to call their own.

The brass section plays loud as the pep band for Stuarts Draft High School rock their gymnasium performing Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets.”

As a former member of JMU’s Marching Royal Dukes marching band  … plus Wilson Memorial High School’s band before that, the director’s love of music shined bright from his heart and soul.

It radiated from teacher to students as his enthusiasm got many young musicians grooving like their teacher.

“It adds to the home court atmosphere,” said Fauber about the pep band.

“Just like cheerleaders and a vibrant student section, we fill a hole to create a true home-court advantage.”

A trombonists plays as part of the Stuarts Draft High School pep band as they rock their gymnasium, performing Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets.”

 

Clarinetists perform as part of the pep band for Stuarts Draft High School rock their gymnasium performing Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets.”

 

Band director Andrew Fauber leads Stuarts Draft’s pep band for Stuarts Draft High School perform the pop classic, “Hooked on a Feeling.”

 

Saxophonists with Stuarts Draft’s pep band rock their gymnasium performing hit songs like Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets.”

 

Members of the Stuarts Draft High School pep band cheer for their varsity boy’s basketball team.

Members of the pep band for Stuarts Draft High School rock their gymnasium performing pop classics, like the Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back.”

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