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Citadel News Service
29 Oct 2009

Homecoming bonfire to rally the campus for a Bulldog win

On Thursday, Nov. 5, The Citadel will kick off Homecoming weekend and get psyched for the gridiron matchup with Wofford College with its annual bonfire and pep rally.

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Cadets at the 2008 Homecoming bonfire and pep rally helped get the team pumped for football Saturday. The 2009 bonfire and rally will do the same thing on Thursday, Nov. 5.

The activities begin at 6 p.m. at WLI Field on Hammond Avenue near the water tower. There will be live entertainment, contests and a best decorated bike competition for children. The Citadel Pep Band also will perform. The Homecoming kickoff is free and open to the public.

At 7 p.m. members of the football team, Coach Kevin Higgins, members of the basketball team and Coach Ed Conroy will join Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa for a pep rally. Also on hand will be The Citadel cheerleaders. The bonfire begins at approximately 7:45 p.m.

The bonfire and pep rally mark the beginning of Homecoming 2009 at The Citadel. Homecoming this year will pay homage to The Citadel Regimental Band, which was founded 100 years ago in 1909.

While the Regimental Band and Pipes functions as a single cadet company at The Citadel, it has two parts - the Regimental Band and The Citadel Pipe Band. The Regimental Band is made up of about 70 cadet musicians. An important segment of cadet life at The Citadel, the Regimental Band contributes to the morale of the Corps and helps to maintain the martial atmosphere of the campus. The sounds of bagpipes were first heard at The Citadel in 1955.

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