Allen Directs, Begley Leads Blue Raider Marching Band in 2012
Posted on Saturday, September 15, 2012 [4:52 PM]
Student Leanna Begley of Lebanon, Ky., right, is field
commander of the Blue Raider
Marching Band, which is under the guidance of LWC Director of
Tim Allen, left. (2011 photo)
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Providing the soundtrack
for this year's Lindsey Wilson College home football season is the
Blue Raider Marching Band. Leading the band for the second year in
a row on the field is LWC student Leanna Begley of Lebanon,
Begley, a graduate of Marion County High School, says fans
will see and hear the best edition yet of the Blue Raider Marching
"I feel honored to be part of the first three Lindsey Wilson
marching bands -- there's such a sense of pride of what we've
become," said Begley, an accounting major who will be the band's
field commander. "It's such an honor to be field commander for the
second year in a row."
A big reason for the quality of the 50-member Blue Raider
Marching band is its director, Tim Allen. In his fourth year at LWC, Allen
directed the Adair County High School marching band to 18 state
"I'm really pleased with the quality of the band this year,"
said Allen, who is also LWC director of instrumental ensembles.
"Every section is strong this year."
In addition to playing during games, the Blue Raider Marching
Band will also perform during halftime of home football games. This
year's halftime show reached back into the funk and hipness of the
1970s jazz-rock fusion band Chase. The Blue Raider Marching Band
performs "Open Up Wide" and "Get It On," both from Chase's
self-titled 1971 debut album.
The band also performs John Williams' Academy Award-nominated
"If We Were in Love" from the 1982 film
Yes, Giorgio, and
the flamboyant "Hey Pachuco" from the 1994
"I think we have a great show this year -- everyone will
really like it," Begley said.
Begley said she enjoys being field commander because she gets
to develop as a leader.
"I like being field commander because it puts me in the role
where students look up to me," she said. "I think of myself as
someone who can be looked up to because I have high standards for
She also enjoys preparing the band for its role at football
"I try to get everyone in the zone and ready to perform," she
said. "The band is really important part of the football
experience. I'm extremely proud of every student in our band. ….
The hard work pays off when you hear the crowd react to
Begley said she was a little intimidated when she first
worked under Allen.
"Working with him is like working with a genius because he knows
what is best for us, and he just knows so much," she said. "I'm
proud to say that I'm in his band. Having been chosen field
commander twice by him makes me extremely proud."
Allen said that Begley has played an important role in the
development of the 3-year-old marching band.
"She's kind of the quarterback of the band," he said. "Not
only does she lead with conducting skills but with management and
leadership skills as well."