UVU’s Green Man Group Energizes Students And The Community
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.
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.