Augusta State’s Jaguar Pep Band has hit a high note with new leadership, new members, and a recent award.
Under the direction of John Wojcik, director of the Pep Band and Wind Ensemble, the band received the award for 1st runner up at the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Pep Band Competition. The band competed against three other universities in the PBC.
“We were very excited. The band played a variety of music, similar to a medley of tunes. Band members Tayler Kitlan, Isaac Guffey, Brandon Essick, and Michelle Loper arranged the tunes that were performed at the competition as well as some of the music played during the basketball season,” said Wojcik, a trumpet player.
The award has special meaning because the last award the Pep Band won was in 2006. According to Wojcik, he would like to fill out the instrumentation and eventually have a Pep Band with 25-30 people. The band is open to all faculty, staff, and students.
Wojcik, associate professor of music, is not new to directing bands; he has not only directed, but also has overseen band programs at various universities. Before joining the faculty at ASU, he initiated the band program at Texas A&M at Corpus Christi.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, and doctoral degree from the University of Kansas.
If interested in joining the Pep Band, call Dr. Wojcik at 706-737-1453.