All right, band critics, here’s your chance.
Greg Byrne, director of the University of Louisville marching band, has announced he will relinquish his duties at the end of the academic year for another position in the School of Music.
While Byrne has received credit in past years for expanding the size of the band, the unit appears to have shrunk significantly this football season. Â No numbers have been announced but it’s pretty obvious.
As far as the observer is concerned, the band has been too conservative, almost withdrawn and lacking in energy during actual games, not adding much at all to the competitive atmosphere. Also, Rick Pitino would have many of them on a rigorous exercise routine.
One would hope that the people in charge give Tom Jurich or someone a role in the selection process who recognizes that a great band can add much to the school’s image while firing up the crowd during football games.
That’s why the band is there, right?