Name: Stacie Ansel
Graduation Date: June 1992; Enrolled 1988-1992
Major: Sociology and Criminology
Involvement on Campus: Marching 110, Honors Society
Did you always know you wanted to go to OU?
Nope. I never knew anything about OU until I went and saw the marching band at Ohio Theater. I had applied to a private religious school in Wheeling, West VA and I also applied to Ohio State University.
Why did you join the Marching 110?
Once I saw them play at the Ohio Theater I knew that I would never be happy if I didn’t try to be in it. Seeing them was so awesome, I’d never seen anything like them before. When I went to high school we were a show band and it was almost like they were a rock band in 110 uniforms. They were having so much fun and sounded unbelievable, I knew I had to be a part of it.
What was/is your favorite part about being in the Marching 110?
It was and still is a group where you never lose touch, even if you only see them once a year for Homecoming. Everyone has your back when you’re in the band and it wasn’t easy to be in the band, but I knew these people were behind me no matter what.
What does this 50 year anniversary of the band mean to you?
First of all, I feel very privileged that I was in one of the last classes that Dr. Ronald P. Socciarelli directed because the experience of having him as your director was very impactful. He was just so good at what he did and he was able to communicate to you what he wanted you to do, with only saying it in a few words. His instruction and education were incredible to witness.
I was only in the band for four years, but those four years are still part of this 50 year anniversary. It’s awesome to be able to say to people that I was part of the band during those 50 years. I knew and always have known that I was part of something that you can’t really explain to people unless you’ve experienced it. Some years when I would leave homecoming, I would start counting the days until the next one; some people in the band even refer to it as Christmas.
If you could describe the Marching 110 in one word, what would it be?
Dedication. When I was in the band we spent on average 16-20 hours a week on daily marching practice, full music rehearsal, sectionals, dance rehearsal, and game day morning rehearsals. That was all on top of a regular course load of work, so you really had to be in it for the right reasons and willing to put in an insane amount of effort to the organization as well as your school work. Oh, and somewhere in there, I found time to eat, sleep and socialize.
What is your favorite part about being a Bobcat?
Even though so many things have changed on the campus, my experience there makes it feel perpetually unchanged. Like so many people have said, I always feel like I’m coming home when I come back to Athens.
I also love that anytime I run into anyone who has gone to OU and maybe I’m wearing my OU gear and they say, “Go Cats!” that it feels like we have an instant connection. Being a Bobcat means always having a second family that is spread across the country.
Interview conducted by CLDC Social Media Intern Kate Ansel