PMB Live

SOFIA LEGASPI, Campus Life Editor | [email protected]

The UNI Panther Marching Band (PMB) presented its annual end-of-season concert, “PMB Live,” in the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on Thursday evening, Nov. 7.

Directed by Justin Mertz, PMB’s performance included selections from pre-game classics and other favorites from the season, including the “2019 Show,” “The Best of Earth, Wind, and Fire,” “The Best of Queen” and “All That Jazz.”

PMB was joined by The Forest City High School Marching Band, directed by M. Cory Schmitt. Song selections included “Take on Me,” “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman” and “Don’t Stop Me Now.”

At various intervals throughout the evening, students were presented with the 2019 Director’s Award. Awardees were selected by Mertz “as people who went above and beyond in their contributions to the band in areas both on the field and off,” according to a post on PMB’s Facebook page. The 11 recipients of this year’s award were Derek LaBarge, Molly Engle, Ryleigh Schnell, Abby Scheel, Hannah Butler, Sierra Steen, Michael Antunez, Cheyenne Chapin, Kayla Nissen, Kelzi Mather and Zoey Cobb.

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