When Ithaca played its longtime rival, SUNY Cortland, at MetLife Stadium for the traditional Cortaca Jug football game, fans of both teams got a halftime treat: a special performance from the Ithaca College African Drumming and Dance Ensemble.
With a record-breaking 45,161 fans in attendance, the stadium was filled with energy. “I’m not a big football person,” says Naya Griles ’22, who performed as a member of the Ithaca College Choir and as a drummer with the African Drumming and Dance Ensemble. “But I’ve never felt school spirit like that before. It was awesome.”
Under the direction of Baruch Whitehead, associate professor of music education, the African Drumming and Dance Ensemble put on a lively performance with plenty of creativity.