(Aubree Stamper/MJ)


The band is getting back together.

For the first time in over three years, the University of Michigan-Dearborn will have a pep band to perform at athletic events around campus.

Josie Smereka, a freshman majoring in biological sciences on the pre-med track, decided her new school was missing something when she arrived in the fall.

“I’ve been in band since fifth grade and I love it so much,” she said. “I miss it.”

Smereka will not have to miss band anymore after teaming up with fellow classmate Brendon Godin to bring a pep band to UM-Dearborn for the first time since 2013.

In October, Smereka and Godin worked together to get the band’s constitution approved by the Office of Student Engagement, making the pep band’s existence as a student organization official.

The band will work like any other campus organization. There will be weekly meeting times and elections for officers, and the band will collect membership dues.

“The hardest part is over,” Smereka said.

Now, the band will look to add members for a more well-rounded sound as they collect music to play at events.

Smereka said that she has talked to the coaches of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams as well as a hockey coach about performing during their games.

“We want that environment–that excitement–in there,” Smereka said,“ but most of all we just want people to have fun.”

If any students would like to join pep band as the band nears its first meeting, Josie Smereka can be contacted at jpsmerek@umich.edu.


  1. How to incoming students get information, We have sent an email a few times and never get a response.

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