When Vanderbilt University’s Spirit of Gold Marching Band marches onto the football field this fall, Zach Cheever, a rising Trevecca senior, will be the band’s field commander. Cheever, from Newport News, Virginia, is majoring in music with an emphasis in worship leading. In the VU band he plays the mellaphone, a front-facing French horn that is designed for marching.
Cheever joined the VU Spirit of Gold Marching Band in the fall of 2013. The band rehearses every Tuesday and Thursday, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. When Vanderbilt has a game on Saturday, the band will add an extra practice on Friday.
At Woodside High School, in Virginia, Cheever had played in the marching band for three years, serving as that band’s field commander in his senior year.
Earlier this year when leadership of the VU band announced auditions for the positions of head field commander and an assistant, Cheever was one of 12 applicants. The application process included an audition, a session conducting the band, and participation in interviews with band leadership.
“Even being considered for this position was an honor for me. I was not expecting to be chosen, but I enjoy marching and am excited about this new opportunity,” Cheever explained.