The Pride of South Texas, the Javelina Marching Band, will lose one of its more glitzy members this fall semester.
Dr. Brian Shelton, Director of Bands, will cut the twirlers from performing with the Javelina Marching Band.
Issues with the twirling line have existed since 2006, according to Shelton.
“I decided to cut the twirling line to avoid any such issues in the future,” Shelton said. “There will be no twirlers in the Javelina Marching Band for the foreseeable future.”
While twirlers who performed with the marching band are neither musicians nor elective students, the twirlers have become a part of the marching band during football half-time.
Kassandra Canales, senior Communication Sciences and Disorders student, has been a featured twirler with the marching band for four years. Canales said she was surprised when Shelton told her she would no longer perform with the marching band.
“Honestly, I feel confused and disregarded,” Canales said. “I do not entirely comprehend the reason(s) for Dr. Shelton’s decision to cut the twirling program.”
According to Canales, she does not require assistance with her drill, choreography or purchasing her twirling equipment, and has always participated in rehearsals, as well as performances.
“If this is not financial, performance or attendance issue, why am I being removed as the band’s feature twirler?” Canales said.
Upon hearing the news of the disbandment of twirlers, Michael Fisher, senior Biomedical Sciences major, decided to start a petition for Canales and anyone else who wanted to twirl. The petition has close to 300 signatures from students so far.
“I thought it was unfair that Kassy [Canales] put so much into the program to just be cut,” Fisher said. “I’m trying to set things right and give the TAMUK family what it deserves.”
While it is unknown as to whether or not the petition will change the fate of twirlers performing with the marching band, one thing is certain- the feature twirling will be missed by those who enjoyed the performances.
“I feel that the twirler
makes a difference in the band’s performance because the choreography ties in with what the band is trying to present,” Sierra Villarreal, junior Communication Sciences and Disorders major and mellophone player, said. “I am going to miss seeing Kassy [Canales] perform with us.”