Maverick Stampede has new stomping grounds

Four members of the drum line for the Colorado Mesa University’s marching band play “Rocky Point Holiday” during the Maverick Stampede Showcase on Thursday. The showcase also heralded — literally with a fanfare — the formal opening of the band’s new practice field and storage building south of the new health science building.

As the sun set over Colorado National Monument on Thursday, the nearly 150 students of Colorado Mesa University’s Maverick Stampede marching band took to their new rehearsal field for a first-ever performance.

The marching band’s showcase was a chance to show off the new, dedicated marching band facilities, construction of which was completed in August.

Construction of the artificial turf field cost $300,000, and the new 2,800-square-foot storage building cost $575,000.

CMU senior and percussionist Joel Nicholson said he was blown away the first time he saw the new facility.

“I walked in on the first day and it was kind of breathtaking,” he said. “I know a lot of schools that don’t have this opportunity. It’s pretty special that we have our own field.”

Jonathan Hinkle, director of athletic bands and assistant professor of music, said the marching band previously practiced on the same field that the football team uses. The location meant students had to haul in instruments and equipment for every rehearsal.

“We needed a space. We needed a home,” Hinkle said. “I was thrilled for us to have a facility like this.”

Before the new facility, Hinkle would stand on a 14-foot ladder to make sure that the band was in proper formation. Now, he can climb a spiral staircase and overlook the band from a tower on top of the storage building.

“For us to have a facility like this and be a Division II school is unheard of,” he said.

The facility and field were constructed northwest of Orchard Avenue and North 12th Street, near the new health sciences building.


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