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UVU’s Green Man Group Energizes Students And The Community

17 February 2012 4 Comments

February 16, 2012
For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Cheryl Kamenski (801) 863-6351

No one knows who is in the Green Man Group, a drum line of talented percussionists, dancers and entertainers at Utah Valley University, but that is part of what makes them a big hit around campus and in the community.

With their identities completely concealed in green spandex body suits, the group started performing about 18 months ago during UVU basketball games. Their support of UVU athletics and their school spirit have made them a popular attraction. And beginning Feb. 13, the group is adding a Slam Dunk team to their performances to perform acrobatics during halftime shows.

“Being anonymous gives them more freedom while performing,” said Bob Rasmussen, UVU Student Life assistant vice president and dean of students, who provides support for the group’s performances. “As much as anything else, their success has come from their actual skills, abilities and performing talent to put on a great show.”

Because of all those things, the group is now playing at NBA Utah Jazz basketball games and has played at Utah Grizzlies hockey games, in addition to community events like the Hope of America festival in May at the Marriot Center in Provo.

“It’s so exciting and humbling, too,” said Clint Pulver, who founded the Green Man Group and is the center snare and director. “There is nothing like playing in front of a big crowd of people. Fans love the music and the energy that it brings.”

Pulver, while serving as executive vice president of the UVU Student Association, was trying to think of different ways to increase tradition and school spirit at UVU. He’s played the drums for 15 years and started a drum line while attending Wasatch High School in Heber City, Utah, so it was natural that he would think of starting a drum line at UVU.

“We are one of the largest universities in the state, and we did not have a drum line,” said Pulver. “Fans love the energy and excitement that percussion instruments and entertainers bring to athletic events. The drum line livens up the atmosphere and gives fans a reason to get involved and participate in the games.”

Pulver, who will graduate in April with a bachelor’s degree in speech communication, said the Green Man Group joined with sports team and corporate mascots around the valley to perform at the Mascot Bowl in Lehi, Utah, last September to raise money for children at Primary Children’s Hospital. The creation of the group also has resulted in 16 UVU scholarships for musicians.

“Something that just started as a school spirit effort has grown into being ambassadors of UVU in the community,” said Rasmussen. “I am proud of the dedication, commitment and leadership they show, and I am thrilled with their success.”

Pulver, who also serves as a motivational speaker encouraging teens to realize their dreams, hopes to continue coaching the drum line after his graduation. He said he’d love to see the Green Man Group become a tradition and something the University is known for.

UVU's Green Man Group

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About UVU

Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to more than 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.

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4 Comments »

  • Laurie Jo White said:

    Hello,

    I have had the pleasure to see you at the Jazz games and I think you are awesome. I live in Roosevelt, which is located in the Northeast corner of Utah. I am in charge of our local parade for our city celebration thats held the first week in August. I would like to know if you were interested in coming out for our parade and to perform that night!! If you are interested, let me know how much you charge. We would really love it for our small town and we would pay you for your time and travel!!

    Laurie Jo White
    435-722-0954

  • sarah said:

    Hi I’m 15 but I’d like to be a green man, what are the costs and requirements? Thank you and I love you green men you guys are great! :)

  • sarah said:

    Also is it just boys, or are girls welcome too?

  • Newsroom (author) said:

    Hi Sarah, You can learn more about them and contact them through their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/uvugmg

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