About the Pep Band
Welcome to Johnny Jungle’s St. John’s University Pep Band Web page, home of major spirit contributors to Red Storm Athletics. The University Pep Band is comprised of up to 32 students, which perform at home men’s and women’s college games, including men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball.
Students from this band are of a unique breed of performers. Unlike most other university pep and marching bands these students are non-music major musicians. So the nature of the students in this band, are serious musicians with interests ranging from pharmacy to criminal justice, in essence getting the best of both worlds, studying a scope of interest while playing in one of the premier college bands in the country. These players are usually the first chair or section leaders of their high school bands before coming to St. John’s as a lot of them come with titles of all-state and all-county.
The pep band holds rehearsal weekly throughout the year. The fruit of their labor has been evident, doubling their library of tunes, year after year, from 22 songs to a total of 41 selections to complete their library. Some of their new tunes include Pour Some Sugar on Me, Hey-Ya, Hawaii 5-0, Wooly Bully, Ole’ (as heard at Men’s Soccer games), Walking On The Sun, and Come out and Play. They have also managed to bring back crowd favorites, Woodchoppers Ball, Gospel John and You Can Call Me Al.
Auditions and Requirements
Current students can stop by Carnesecca Arena Room 157 and drop a note with your contact information in the band mailbox.
At your audition be prepared with two compositions preferably marching band, concert band or jazz ensemble related that best exemplify your playing ability. You will also be asked to demonstrate a select chart from the STJ Pep Band library and sight read your part.
All students should have a great attitude towards their instrument and practing. A commitment to a great attendance record and be a team player!
As a selected member of the band you will receive scholarship/grant-in aid money towards your tuition. You will also receive Official Nike/St. John’s licensed uniforms and free admittance to all games.
The pep band has received great notoriety performing on Good Morning America, during the 2000 Subway Series Rally, at several conventions at The Jacob Javit Center, and can be seen and heard on almost every major TV and Radio network.
Anyone who would like to make a donation/sponsorship for the band please stop by Carnesecca Arena Room 157.