‘Crazy Drummer’ Brings High Energy to Creighton Games
Passionate, high-energy displays can be seen on the court at Creighton University home volleyball and basketball games.
But sometimes, the performances a few feet from the hardwood take on a similar exuberance. That’s the case for Noah Larsen, a percussionist in the Creighton Pep Band, who graduated with a degree in journalism in December. His spirited and energetic drumming and wide smile are frequently shown on the large video screens in the CHI Health Center Omaha.
“I’m not a perfect musician,” Larsen says, “but I like to think I make up (for that) in energy and enjoyment that is somewhat infectious.”
His enthusiasm hasn’t gone unnoticed. Chris Newhouse, associate director of marketing for Creighton Athletics, says Larsen is “an essential part of the Creighton athletics spirit we try to achieve with all of our games.”
Larsen says he occasionally gets recognized as that “crazy drummer.” Once, after interviewing for an internship, one of the employees at the business came up to him and asked, “Aren’t you that guy from the Creighton games?”
“It’s really surreal,” Larsen says getting recognized in public. “I always appreciate it when people come up to me.”
In addition to drums, Larsen also plays other auxiliary percussion instruments, such as egg shakers, wood block, cowbell and tambourine.
“The cowbell is very iconic in current popular culture, which is fun,” Larsen says. “I also like the tambourine. It’s not as upfront but still something you can have fun with.”
As a Council Bluffs, Iowa, resident and commuter student, Larsen credits the student-run Pep Band with helping him build lasting friendships with other students outside the classroom.
“Plus, you get courtside seats at basketball and volleyball games,” he says. “What’s not to love?”
During his time with the band, Larsen has traveled nationally to support both Creighton men’s and women’s teams, including to New York City (BIG EAST men’s basketball tournament); Corvallis, Oregon (women’s basketball NCAA tournament); Charlotte, North Carolina (men’s basketball NCAA tournament); and Lawrence, Kansas (volleyball NCAA tournament).
While Larsen graduated in December, he hopes to continue playing with the Pep Band this spring – and not miss a beat.