Hilltoppers band debuts uniforms

WEST LIBERTY – West Liberty University’s Marching Hilltoppers debuted their new uniforms at the annual athletic Hall of Fame football game Saturday at Russek Field.

“Our band students work extremely hard at rehearsal and they deserve to look the part,” said Brian Baldauff, director of athletic bands. “We know that the fans, athletes and entire campus community will be impressed with the uniforms. They are first class, just like the musicians who will be wearing them.”

The uniforms will be worn at all home football games, band exhibition shows, parades and other performances.

The last time the Marching Hilltoppers wore formal uniforms was approximately 20 years ago. Since then, the band has worn temporary uniforms consisting of a variety of polo shirts, tracksuits and T-shirts.

“The students love the uniforms and feel better wearing them,” said Baldauff. “They play better too, so the fans are going to enjoy the performance even more now.”

The Marching Hilltoppers will be traveling to the Eastern Panhandle to perform for more than 1,200 high school band students at the Big Apple Tournament of Bands Show Oct. 12 and will perform again at the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Showcase of Bands Oct. 19 at Martins Ferry High School.

Chances to see the Marching Hilltoppers include:

1 p.m. Oct. 19, home game against Urbana.

7 p.m. Oct. 31, home game against the University of Charleston.

7 p.m. Nov. 16, home game against Notre Dame College.

Nov. 22, Wheeling Festival of Lights Parade.

Dec. 6, Tri-State PRISM concert.