Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: JSU pep band makes game that much better (with video)
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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Jacksonville State's pep band at Saturday's basketball games. (Photo by Mark Edwards/The Anniston Star)
Jacksonville State's pep band at Saturday's basketball games. (Photo by Mark Edwards/The Anniston Star)
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If basketball is reason No. 1 to attend a basketball game, then at Jacksonville State, the pep band is reason No. 1A.

This group makes you look forward to breaks in the action. It’s little wonder The Sporting News once named these guys the nation’s best college pep band.

Over the years, I’ve seen more than a few college basketball games and more than a few pep bands, which usually play the same stuff in the same tired way. The JSU group seems willing to play just about anything.

These folks revel in the cheezy stuff, such as the theme to “Ghostbusters.” Could there be anything cheezier than that?

Actually, there is. They also play the ultra-cheezy 1980s hit “Take on Me.” When the timeout ended and the buzzer sounded, they hadn’t finished the piece. Still, they had to put down their instruments, as the rules of college basketball dictate. That wasn’t a problem, because they just continuing singing the rest of the song.

NCAA rules don’t say anything about pep band members singing while play is in action.

It’s all full of cheese, which is a large part of the fun of a good college pep band. The group makes you smile.

I wouldn’t blame anyone who might call the JSU ticket office and ask, “What time is the game?” then follow up by asking, “And is the pep band playing tonight?”

On Saturday, the JSU women’s team won its first Ohio Valley Conference game, and the fans who attended got to enjoy the pep band. What could’ve been better?

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.

Selected video from the JSU pep band's performance Saturday:

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