To mark the Centennial, the Bulldog Marching Band will be performing an original composition by one of our alums, written in honor of the occasion. Master Sgt. John M. Bliss graduated from Fresno State in 1996 with a Master of Music degree. He studied both conducting and composition, and served as a graduate assistant with the Bulldog Band. Sgt. Bliss wrote many of the musical arrangements played by the marching band and the Bulldog Beat. You can still hear several of his charts at every Bulldog volleyball and basketball game. Upon graduation from Fresno State, Sgt. Bliss joined the musical staff of the United States Air Force Band, from whom he writes original compositions and arrangements.
Centennial Tribute is Sgt. Bliss' musical contribution to the Fresno State Centennial. It is exactly 100 beats long, in honor of Fresno State's 100 years, and is based around the musical pitches of F (for Fresno) and C (for Centennial). Following the performance, Sgt. Bliss will be honored at half-time with the presentation of the Norm and Patty Moglia Outstanding Band Alumnus Award. The award is named in honor of Norm and Patty Moglia, two band alumni from the 1950s who have been generous and enthusiastic supporters of the Bulldog Band throughout the years.
You can find more information about Master Sergeant Bliss here.