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Well, I'm excited to have him back. I drove down to Wake Forest with my son and saw him at the pre-game spot, seemed excited.

Hopefully Requiem for a Dream gets played at some point again. Hopefully this signals that Ed is on the attendance/gameday experience issues.
 

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I think it’s realistic. Ed made this move on nostalgia and hoping it will reenergize. It may work but we’ve also seen this stuff done before and it usually doesn’t hit the same especially if you don’t have pieces in place. Like Gibbs taking over Wash a second time. Sure he won multiple Super Bowls but you have to have winning players not simply a incredible coach. Ryan has to have the talent and support to bring things back to what they were. Even so it’s hard to recreate what was once very natural. You didn’t have to recreate the atmosphere. The atmosphere was pretty good most nights especially feeding off the band. We’re assuming Ryan doesn’t have any rust himself when returning and is gonna be bouncing around like he use to. Also some atmosphere issues have nothing to do with the band and Ryan can’t fix those no matter how good he is.
Maybe this is addressed in the interview (I haven't listen to it), but I would hope that one of Ryan's conditions for coming back is that he will have more control over the game day experience. As I have always thought, he should be Director of game day experience, not just band director.
 

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Maybe this is addressed in the interview (I haven't listen to it), but I would hope that one of Ryan's conditions for coming back is that he will have more control over the game day experience. As I have always thought, he should be Director of game day experience, not just band director.
While I would love to see this as well, the marketing department needs to be heavily involved because of the money-making opportunities.
 

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reeks of desperation from an AD who couldn't see it for what it was when it mattered

congrats to ryan tho. don't think it'll change much
Nah, I’ll give Ed some props for swallowing his pride and realizing he made a mistake. Also, from the interview it sounds like Ryan said some harsh things on his way out. They have my respect for forgiving each other and getting the band back together (literally).
 

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I think it's a positive development, but let's be real and remember that a lot of the problems with the Peppas performances had nothing whatsoever to do with the band or its director. It was decisions by the administration to oversell promotions.
I think it’ll change for sure. Ryan seems to not be a pushover and I think will certainly at least address this with the admin., if it wasn’t already discussed while negotiating with Ed. Certainly the band will be adding new songs as Ryan said in the interview which is much much needed.
 

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I don't know what the eventual outcome will be regarding the gameday experience. I am encouraged that the administration is willing to address the gameday experience if it revisiting a possible mistake. Good leaders are willing to say I was wrong and revisit decisions. I was likewise impressed with the amount of humbleness and maturity that @TTL PKG displayed in the interview Ramnation provided. While I am not looking to live the past again, I believe that all parties can wand will work together to provide a much improved experience
 

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This is a massive upgrade, IMO. Band was good...but insanely boring ever since Ryan left. Made the gameday atmosphere way less enjoyable for at least this Ram fans. Happy he's back.
Playing “It’s Havoc You Fear” during the timeout after Chattanooga hit a game winner with 0.4 seconds left back in November pretty much defined my opinion of the band since Ryan previously left.
 
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Playing “It’s Havoc You Fear” during the timeout after Chattanooga hit a game winner with 0.4 seconds left back in November pretty much defined my opinion of the band since Ryan previously left.
Or every hey song after the other team went on a ridiculous scoring run causing us to call a time out.
 

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Playing “It’s Havoc You Fear” during the timeout after Chattanooga hit a game winner with 0.4 seconds left back in November pretty much defined my opinion of the band since Ryan previously left.
I’ll second, third, co-sign, whatever else on this. Tone deaf in song selection from the perspective of knowing what time it is.
 

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A couple things: First, i put "Ryan Kopacsi is back" into one of those AI art generators.

Second, I don't know if this is true or not, but i have heard that wen VCU plays the Hey Song AKA Rock and Roll Part 2,
Also part of this is having the MC/hypeperson and way more "promotions" than they used to have?
So even if RK was able to time out the song selections better when we were playing Drexel and it was only covered on AM radio, he would not be able to do that now?
If that's not true then forget i said it, bit if it is true that is a prime example of blaming duane for things beyond his control.

None of that has to do with Duane going with “it’s havoc you fear” when we are down in a game and call a timeout to stop the opponents run. That’s a song for when we’re on a roll.
 

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None of that has to do with Duane going with “it’s havoc you fear” when we are down in a game and call a timeout to stop the opponents run. That’s a song for when we’re on a roll.
There were defiantly times where I wish something else was played other than "400 Degrees" (It's Havoc You Fear), but one thing Duane and Larry was constantly dealing with, especially last year, was waiting to hear from marketing over the headset whether or not the band was going to play during a time out. It seems that most of the time during a 30 second timeout, we'd be halfway through so Duane seemed to choose songs that were loud as a means to try and distract the other team and try to hype the arena, and I would dutifully turn my bell and blast the bench with my horn as loud as possible much to the dismay to anyone in my path. With Ryan back, and basically a whole new marketing department, I think he'll be able to guide the new folks in what the game day experience should be.

As for "Rock and Roll Pt. 2", for as long as I've been here that's been scripted to be the first team timeout called in the 2nd half as that extends to a full time out and allows the Cheer and Dance teams to be prepared for what is to come. Kinda like how the dance team dances at the half as well as the under 8 time out in the 2nd half. I'm just curious what will eventually replace R&R pt.2, as it's been falling out of favor for years now with many pro and college sports programs removing it from play, and the NFL forcing their teams to stop using it completely in 2012 all because of Gary Glitter's child porn convictions. I've been racking my brain for years on this, trying to think of something that has the same tempo while incorporating "V-C-U" into it but have come up mostly with duds. With Ryan back, hopefully he can come up with something as unique as VCU is as a replacement for the inevitable day we are forced to retire that song...
 

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There were defiantly times where I wish something else was played other than "400 Degrees" (It's Havoc You Fear), but one thing Duane and Larry was constantly dealing with, especially last year, was waiting to hear from marketing over the headset whether or not the band was going to play during a time out. It seems that most of the time during a 30 second timeout, we'd be halfway through so Duane seemed to choose songs that were loud as a means to try and distract the other team and try to hype the arena, and I would dutifully turn my bell and blast the bench with my horn as loud as possible much to the dismay to anyone in my path. With Ryan back, and basically a whole new marketing department, I think he'll be able to guide the new folks in what the game day experience should be.

As for "Rock and Roll Pt. 2", for as long as I've been here that's been scripted to be the first team timeout called in the 2nd half as that extends to a full time out and allows the Cheer and Dance teams to be prepared for what is to come. Kinda like how the dance team dances at the half as well as the under 8 time out in the 2nd half. I'm just curious what will eventually replace R&R pt.2, as it's been falling out of favor for years now with many pro and college sports programs removing it from play, and the NFL forcing their teams to stop using it completely in 2012 all because of Gary Glitter's child porn convictions. I've been racking my brain for years on this, trying to think of something that has the same tempo while incorporating "V-C-U" into it but have come up mostly with duds. With Ryan back, hopefully he can come up with something as unique as VCU is as a replacement for the inevitable day we are forced to retire that song...
I had no idea about the Gary Glitter thing. Yeah, I hope you guys drop that sooner rather than later.
 

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None of that has to do with Duane going with “it’s havoc you fear” when we are down in a game and call a timeout to stop the opponents run. That’s a song for when we’re on a roll.

It literally DOES have everything to do with the song selection.
If you are going to play a song that involves Cheer and dancers, you can't just call audibles without making a mess of the whole thing.
Plus people have to get ready BEFORE the time out is called if the are going to set up for a lot of the contests. (set up the GRTC trikes or what not)
So , since the era of the hype person, WHOMEVER was leading the band had a lot more constraints on them than the "good old days".

So @VCUPepBandRules said that certain timeouts have always been "Scripted" a certain way... which is perfectly fine cause you gotta have some structure as to when to play & certain songs to play (especially the ones that aren't necessarily ones to get the crowd amped up).....

So the planned time outs (first team time out that extends to a full time out) or the planned under 8 time out when the dancers & cheerleaders are out on the court.... ok, so those for the most part are set. Even if R&R Pt. 2 just happens to fall at a bad time... at least now we know that.... where as before we didn't (unless you were in the Band at some point).

However, the more impromptu timeouts..... I feel like Ryan had a better choice of songs ready to go, based on what was going on in the games & he had the band ready at all times for any situation.... sometimes he had them so ready.. he'd have em playing before the PA announcer starting talking. If we just gave up a 10-0 run... he didn't do "You Don't Wanna go to War"... that's just horrible timing.
 
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