U of I cross-college and campus collaboration brings 150 LED triangles to Vandal Marching Band’s 100th anniversary halftime performance
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Marching Band Celebrates 100 Years in Style
The University of Idaho Vandal Marching Band didn't settle for 100 candles on its birthday cake. The band’s 100th anniversary included loud music, lots of dancing and bright lights — about 1,125 LEDs to be exact.
The band’s Homecoming football game performance included 150 new percussion triangles that light up when played, an engineering and design feat from a half a year’s worth of collaboration among four U of I colleges and hundreds of volunteers.
Band Director Spencer Martin pitched the idea to the College of Engineering to design a rebar triangle that could not only light up but be easily mass produced by non-engineers.
Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences instructor Chelsey Lewallen helped design a hip belt, complete with triangle holster, to hold the instrument when not in use. A team of apparel, textiles and design students mass produced the belts in just a few hours.
Engineering graduate student Selso Gallegos said it took more than 20 hours to laser cut the five-piece handles prior to assembly.