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Blue Band Won’t Perform At THON 2022

Citing logistical challenges, Penn State’s beloved Blue Band won’t perform at THON 2022, according to band director Gregory Drane.

In an email, Drane said THON’s pandemic-related restrictions would prevent the Blue Band from providing a typical performance.

“I truly commend the student organizers of THON who have worked hard to find a way to put on this event as we all continue to navigate the challenges of the ongoing global pandemic,” Drane said.

Traditionally, the Blue Band would perform at THON’s Saturday night Pep Rally to keep the energy flowing as Penn State’s sports teams busted moves on stage. While the band will skip this weekend’s event, Drane said the Blue Band looks forward to returning next year for THON 2023.

“While we are all disappointed that the Blue Band will not be performing, I hope that the focus of the event remains on our Penn State students’ efforts to fight pediatric cancer and support THON families,” Drane said. 

Although their full band won’t be there to back them up, a handful of Blue Band members are dancing in THON 2022. Congratulations to Hannah Brown (178A), Michael Dews (178B), and Evan Linkimer (178C), as well as Blue Sapphire Gillian Brooks (294B), who’s dancing as part of an Independent Dancer Couple.

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