Student government weighs cutting $150K for Oregon band

Student government weighs cutting $150K for Oregon band

EUGENE, Ore. - With the success of the University of Oregon football team, the Duck band has stolen a share of the national spotlight with performances at four bowl games, the Rose Parade and televised games around the country.

The Associated Students of the University of Oregon is considering discontinuing funding for the band. Proponents think the athletic department should pick up the tab.

"It's an important part of creating a fan experience that fans are going to remember when they leave," said Craig Pintens, associated athletic director for UO.

Pintens said the athletic department already dedicates $250,000 per year to the band.

ASUO government allocates $150,000 to the band each year. That funding could be in jeopardy.

"We've got some great staff that I would love to have back, but that might affect staff, it might affect scholarships, it could affect the number of students that we have in the band," said Eric Wiltshire, the band director.

ASUO has the money; some representatives think the athletic department should pay for the band.

"We have a $13 million budget, which is great," said Lamar Wise from the UO Senate, "but the athletics department is huge, they have a huge budget. They have private donors. Our fees specifically just comes from the students, and it's on the students backs."

"I think it's kind of shortsighted to look at athletic band and say that's the band at the football games," director Wiltshire said. "It is and it's the band leading the student voice at football games, but we do about 150 performances a year."

The Associated Students of the University of Oregon is considering discontinuing funding for the band. Proponents think the athletic department should pick up the tab.

"It's an important part of creating a fan experience that fans are going to remember when they leave," said Craig Pintens, associated athletic director for UO.

Pintens said the athletic department already dedicates $250,000 per year to the band.

ASUO government allocates $150,000 to the band each year. That funding could be in jeopardy.

"We've got some great staff that I would love to have back, but that might affect staff, it might affect scholarships, it could affect the number of students that we have in the band," said Eric Wiltshire, the band director.

ASUO has the money; some representatives think the athletic department should pay for the band.

"We have a $13 million budget, which is great," said Lamar Wise from the UO Senate, "but the athletics department is huge, they have a huge budget. They have private donors. Our fees specifically just comes from the students, and it's on the students backs."

"I think it's kind of shortsighted to look at athletic band and say that's the band at the football games," director Wiltshire said. "It is and it's the band leading the student voice at football games, but we do about 150 performances a year."