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Former Herald Writer Pete Peligrin Surfaces in Piece on New FIU Band Director...

New director brings energy, vision to FIU Marching Band

The FIU Marching Band is about to get a touch of the Super Bowl, major college football bowl games, Major League Baseball’s Opening Day and other high profile events to its act.

That’s the type of experience and showmanship new FIU Marching Band director Barry Bernhardt brings to FIU and its musical players.

“He knows where he is going,” snare drummer Omar Bham said of Bernhardt. “He has a vision and we all see it. He has a whole bunch of traditions he is trying to create and we’re ready to follow.”

Bernhardt, who has been a band director for 26 years – the last 20 years at Southeast Missouri State, was hired this summer to lead the FIU Marching Band.

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