Terre Haute - A sign of growth at Indiana State University is music to the ears of the institution, because the marching band has seen tremendous growth.
The sound is big and the number of Marching Sycamores is bigger that it's been in recent years.
Band officials were expecting about 120 members this year, but instead that number jumped to 180
Band director Nikk Pilato says, "it's the result of increased enrollment at the school, better publicity and performance."
The university's overall enrollment of freshmen is up with over 2600 new first year students. Freshman Allison Byrd said, "I know it sounds kind of weird but it's been kind of a way to relax and get my mind off classes and everything, it's a lot of fun to be here with all of my friends."
"This is Dr. Pilato's third year with us now, said drum major senior Adam Bess. "And every year he's been here, he's pushed us to be more dedicated to our craft."
About 80 of these members are music majors, meaning they're going to be band directors and music teachers. The others have other majors, but they still enjoy practicing and performing.
Freshman Samantha Woods is a Human Development major. She played in high school and wanted to continue her musical experience at I.S.U.
"It's brought closeness and family, said Woods."Like I feel like everybody here is family."
The growth is good, but there have been some challenges, including a shortage of uniforms. However, that problem was solved when the sousaphone section and the drum line wore older uniforms, this year.
The band performs a wide variety of music, including pop and 80's music. And this year, the band is performing songs by Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers during their shows.