When West Virginia takes on Texas Christian University November 3, fans will see something special, something never seen before.
The WVU Marching Band will carry a Steinway & Sons grand piano onto the field, as WVU's legendary music professor and pianist James "Doc" Miltenberger will then perform "Country Roads" accompanied by the band.
Doc Miltenberger, who recently celebrated his 50th year with WVU Music as part of their faculty, originally wrote the arrangement of the popular song that the Band plays today.
This movement comes as effort from the WVU College of Creative Arts' to become an All-Steinway School, which mean they would use Steinway pianos exclusively.
Charlene Lattea from the College of Creative Arts explains, "All supporters of that initiative will be able to text a $10 contribution to WVU's All-Steinway Campaign, using their cell phones—before, during and in the weeks after the game. Just text "WVU PIANO" to the phone number 85944 and show your Mountaineer Pride! (Please note that there must be a space between WVU and PIANO.)"
According to Dean Paul Kreider, "The designation of WVU as an All-Steinway School will add to the reputation of our nationally recognized music program, as we join 150 of the world's most prestigious music institutions who perform solely on Steinway pianos."
"Some donors may choose to give larger gifts to the Steinway Campaign, but for this event at Milan Puskar Stadium on Nov. 3, we are asking for a texting gift of $10, and you don't even have to be at the stadium that day to make a gift."
And if you aren't able to attend the game, be sure to check out the College of Creative Arts website and Facebook page afterwards, to see a special YouTube video of this one-of-a-kind performance of "Country Roads."