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TBDBITL Scholarship Fund enables fourth-year sousaphone to take the field

Dylan Penka

TBDBITL Scholarship Fund

My name is Dylan Penka, and I am a fourth-year sousaphone in TBDBITL. Since the first time my feet hit the turf of the ‘Shoe, I have loved being a member of this band, continuing its tradition of excellence and making many friends along the way. Nothing makes me prouder than seeing one of our shows bring fun and excitement on game day. I look forward to the day when I can finally dot the i, in front of a cheering pregame crowd in the ‘Shoe.

This past year has been difficult for us all, including TBDBITL. There were many doubts that we would have a season at all. However, thanks to the hard work of band director Christopher Hoch, Phil Day, Mary Machuga and all the other members of staff, we were able to continue the tradition. This year, I am exhilarated to return to the band I know and love, surrounded by throngs of fans in the ‘Shoe.

For me and many other members of the band, it can be difficult making ends meet for college, especially with the significant time investment band requires. Donors’ genorosity makes it possible for us to dedicate our all to our passion and continue to perfect our craft."

Give to the TBDBITL Scholarship Fund