By Heather Anderson


Members of the Charles A. Hughes Middle School pep band perform before the start of basketball games Jan. 16 against Swainston Middle School inside the CHMS Hawks Nest. PHOTO BY HEATHER ANDERSON

“Here we go Hawks! Here we go” is a familiar cheer at any Charles A. Hughes Middle School basketball game. But this year it’s accompanied by a pep band.

HMS music assistant and cheerleading coach Jamie Worthen pitched the idea to HMS Principal Maurice Perkins, who thought it was a great idea.

The Pep Band became an after school club that meets once a week under the supervision of HMS band instructor Conrad Allen. The band is made up of 25-30 students from the intermediate and advanced bands, as well as a couple of beginners.

After debuting at the first home game on Jan. 10, Mr. Allen said the band received a “really positive reaction from the crowd and really added to the game.”

With familiar tunes like the “Imperial March,” the theme from “Rocky” and Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” Allen hopes to get the crowd more involved.

The students say it’s fun playing in the pep band and members of the basketball teams are really appreciative of the added support.

During a pep assembly on Jan. 16, the HMS school fight song was introduced to the student body in preparation for the second home game of the season. The cheerleaders and drill team danced to a routine as the band played the tune “On Wisconsin.”

Let’s go Hughes Hawks, let’s go Hughes Hawks, fight, fight, fight to score.

Let’s go Hughes Hawks, let’s go Hughes Hawks, win again once more.

Let’s go Hughes Hawks, let’s go Hughes Hawks, wave your banner high.

Go Hawks, cheer, cheer, cheer, show your pride!

The second time through the song, everyone was on their feet singing, clapping and cheering.

The HMS music department, which has been without a pep band for over 10 years, hopes to make the school fight song a permanent fixture at basketball games.

There are four home games remaining at the school – Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 13 and Feb. 22. Game times are at 4 and 5:15 p.m. with the exception of Feb. 13, which are at 4:30 and 5:45 p.m.

Don’t miss your chance to hear the band “Play That Funky Music.”