New Assistant Manager Comes Home to the Razorback Marching Band | New

As the 2022 football season continues at the UofA, the Razorback Marching Band is under new, yet familiar, management with a new acting assistant band manager.

Chase Jones, 33, took the role for the first time this year, although it’s not the first time he’s been part of the Razorback family. Originally from Ashdown, Arkansas, Jones previously attended UofA where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education in 2012 and a master’s degree in instrumental conducting in 2015.

After earning her master’s degree, Jones taught harmony at a high school in Florida for seven years. However, he eagerly returned to his alma mater when given the opportunity.

“It’s a place that means a lot to me, just because I’m from the state of Arkansas and I go to school there,” Jones said. “When the opportunity came up to be able to come back to work here, I just couldn’t pass it up.”

As assistant manager, Jones not only works with the marching band, but leads the “Hogwild” cheer groups that perform at men’s and women’s volleyball and basketball games. He also participates in the direction of the harmony orchestra and gives music lessons.

Jones was very pleased with the band’s first weeks of rehearsals and performances, he said. With relaxed COVID-19 regulations, the group has returned to normal in terms of spacing and the ability to train indoors.

At the beginning of the week, the rehearsal period in the 12 days before the first day of class, the band members worked hard to learn the pregame show and the first three halftime shows, said Jones.

“Being back with the students and getting to know them was really important to me,” Jones said. “I’m really proud of the effort they put in during this time to prepare for our first game.”

Jones was especially proud of the students who marched and performed in front of a stadium that could hold 76,000 people for the first time.

“They handled the nervousness and the heat of the first game very well, put in great performances and had an impact on the stadium, which is what we want,” Jones said.

Sallie Hendrix, UA junior, lead drummer and music education specialist, said having Jones as a manager has been phenomenal.

“He really has a great understanding of the Razorback fanfare,” Hendrix said. “He has a lot of experience and a really good understanding of students and how to connect with them.”

Like Hendrix, Jones was an RMB drum major during his undergraduate studies. The experience contributed to his vast musical knowledge and his current relationship with students.

Due to Jones’ showmanship abilities and the great work ethic of his peers, Hendrix said the start to the marching season was excellent and the band received excellent feedback.

“One of our staff, Connie Vick, told us after Game 1 it was the best pregame she’s ever seen, and she’s been here 30 years,” Hendrix said. “It’s really exciting to see the breakthroughs we’re having. I really like our music selections, and our sound and overall walk is, in my opinion, the best they’ve ever been.

Acting Associate Group Director Jeffrey Summers said working with Jones over the past few months has been a wonderful experience.

“We’re lucky to have a teacher of his quality who knows the Razorback Marching Band so well,” Summers said. “I can’t wait to see his work with the Hogwild Pep Band this year.”

To see the “Best in Sight and Sound” in action this year, Jones encouraged attendance at the various sporting events, as well as orchestra performances. The program offers band auditions open to all UA students, and selected students work to host two concerts during the fall semester and several more during the spring semester. The first concert will take place on October 3.

RMB’s next performance is scheduled for Saturday in Arlington, Texas, when the Razorbacks take on Texas A&M at 6 p.m. The set will return to the field at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on October 1.

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