b'Marianist News UD BAND RECEIVES NATIONAL SPORTSMANSHIP AWARDT he University of Daytons Flyer Pep Band has Purdue. To promote team spirit, Morris and the bandbeen honored for its unselfish spirit, character, donned Fairleigh Dickinsons tournament T-shirtsand sportsmanship. Led by long-time faculty and played its long-forgotten fight song.member Willie Morris, the band will receive a While the bands unselfish spirit took the nationalPHOTO BY ERIK SCHELKUN | ELSESTAR IMAGES2023 Musial Award at a national ceremony in attention during Fairleigh Dickinsons magical upset,St. Louis this month. Named for baseball hall Morris and the band have made a habit of helpingof famer Stan Musial, the awards celebrate the teams in need since 2007. They have traveled as far asyears greatest moments of sportsmanship and Buffalo, New York, to strike up the band for other schools.those in sports who embody class and character. The band regularly plays for some of the competitorsThe ceremony will be broadcast nationally at without a band in the preliminary round of the NCAA4 p.m. Eastern time December 24 on CBS. Tournament, known as the First Four, hosted annuallyMorris and the band are being honored for by the University of Dayton at the UD arena. serving as Fairleigh Dickinson Universitys "I cant recall other college bands doing this to theAbove: Olivia Gayheart performs (FDU) pep band in the first round of the NCAA extent we do," Morris said. It fits our Marianistwith the University of Dayton Mens Basketball Tournament. At FDUs request,character of giving back and serving. You dont havepep band as it represented the band traveled to Columbus, Ohio, and helped a band? Thats OK. Well help you out.\x00Fairleigh Dickinson at the Fairleigh Dickinson, the biggest underdog in theNCAA basketball tournamentin March. tournament, pull off a historic upset of top-seededKathleen NelsonRight: The Dayton band, wearingGETTY IMAGESFDU Knights Going DancingT-shirts, represents the schoolduring March Madness.22 Call 1.800.348.4732'