The announcer for the Marching Band is Professor Emeritus of Engineering, Tom Yackish. Prof. Yackish graduated from Purdue University and played in the "Purdue All-American Marching Band" his entire four years at Purdue. He also participated on the "Purdue band staff" as the marching and symphonic band librarian. Professor Yackish came to Grand Valley in the fall of 1985 after teaching engineering for sixteen years in the Purdue system to start the engineering program at Grand Valley. He quickly became associated with the Music Department by recording ensembles and playing trombone in the Grand Valley State University Jazz Band. With the arrival of Prof. Barry Martin as Director of Bands, Prof. Yackish shifted from recording to the band's announcer. With the completion of the fall 2012 season, Prof. Yackish will have been the "Voice of the Laker Marching Band" for the past eighteen years. Prof. Yackish is an active supporter of Grand Valley's band program and looks forward every year to meeting and participating with every band member.