by Pamela Young, Published February 13, 2013
YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Marching Band will be featured this Friday, Feb. 15, at 5 p.m., on the nationally syndicated television show, "Ariel, Zoey, & Eli, Too," on Detroit Public Television (WTVS).
"Ariel, Zoey, & Eli, Too" is a music variety show starring 14-year-old twins, Ariel and Zoey Engelbert, from Ann Arbor, and their 11 year-old brother Eli. The show is in its third season.
The upcoming episode features the trio and the EMU Marching Band performing the show's theme song, "Sweet Company," filmed in the University's Rynearson Stadium.
A featured segment includes interviews with Amy Knopps, assistant professor and director of the EMU Marching Band, and drum majors Jacob Nurse and Adam Sniezek. They'll talk about the Marching Band and their student experiences as music education majors in Eastern's Department of Music and Dance.
Founded in 1894 by students of Michigan State Normal School, the band has become a vital part of the rich musical heritage of the university. Comprised of nearly 180 students and musicians, the marching band supports EMU athletes and various venues throughout southeastern Michigan.
The students and musicians perform for all home football games and travel to several away games each year. They are also active in Homecoming, Band Day and national marching band festivals, and have performed in Detroit's nationally-syndicated Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Eastern Michigan's Department of Music and Dance offers a number of strong programs including bachelors' degree programs in music and dance, a master of music degree and post-baccalaureate programs in music.