The band confirmed Tuesday on Twitter that they would no longer be doing the shows, but made it clear it was not their decision.
"We are disappointed to confirm that the @PSUBlueBand TailGreat Show will no longer be a part of Penn State's football game-day experience," the group tweeted. "Thank you, fans, for all of your continued support and loyalty to our program. We are nothing but thankful. #RaiseTheSong."
What he could say was who made the call.
"At this time, all I have is that we are very disappointed in the
The TailGreat page on the department's webpage, www.gopsusports.com/promotions/tailgreat.html, now redirects to a default message: "We're sorry, but the page you requested does not exist."
Burke said band director
A statement from Penn State athletics made the decision seem much more mutual, with an emphasis on future spotlights for the band. After several attempts to reach the department for comment, it sent a response just before
"Bands are an integral part of the college football game-day experience. We are working very closely with the
"We did not feel that TailGreat was accomplishing the level of interaction among our more than 100,000 fans, and exposure for the
In addition, the statement said that Penn State and the
"Band Day will return for the UMass game on
At this point, all the band members know is that the TailGreat show was "a way to showcase our work every week," Burke said.
"We work very hard to do this," Burke said. "It's a chance for us to really play for our fans, a chance for us to honor the other bands. It's a great way for us to kick off game day."
The announcement came on the same day that the band held rookie auditions, and just hours after coach
"My family has loved attending the TailGreat events. It is a fun, family-friendly way to kickstart the game! As a music educator, I loved the opportunity for youth to get a closer look at all aspects of the
"I feel that the (a)thletic (d)epartment's decision to stop this event -- without a valid explanation -- is a terrible way to start what could be the rebirth of a national college football contending team, university, and fan base. I hope that the (u)niversity will strongly reconsider this decision and reverse course to recognize that TailGreat is part of Penn State," Switala wrote.
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