Student at Moberly Area Community College
Mizzou Drumline Center Snare
"A lot of members from Marching Mizzou are from the surrounding colleges, so it's not weird that I don't go to Mizzou," Austin Kent says.
Some people might not realize that one of the leaders of the sound of MU doesn't even attend the university. Kent is the center snare, the player that all other players listen to and follow during shows.
"It's lots of fun because you've had three or four years before, not as the section leader or making the calls you agree with, but now you can make the calls," Kent says.
Before, Kent could just jam out, but as the center snare he has to focus on everything at all times. To be a member of Marching Mizzou, you only have to be a college student.
Members from other colleges can apply to MU as a visiting student to be considered for the band.
"The best part is playing with a bunch of people from all over the country," he says. "And free football games."
Self-taught musician Roger Netherton of St. Louis first encountered the fiddle in a Kansas music festival. Nearly six years later, he has spent much of his first week at MU by playing in the lounge of his residence hall, taking requests as well as sharing favorite pieces.
Netherton, who says he “got most of (his) practice” at the Folk School of St. Louis, explains that he also learns from listening to the works of other fiddle players, such as Bob Walters and Pete MacMahon of Missouri and Tommy Jarrell of North Carolina.
Netherton’s skilled playing and vast knowledge of other fiddle players’ work have left many of his fellow freshmen to ask whether he plans to pursue music at MU. While Netherton has been paid to play at country dances and the like for the past few years, he plays the fiddle “for fun, not as a job.” Instead, he intends to study physics and math.