VCU Peppas will crash ‘Today’ show again Friday

Don’t be surprised if you see Virginia Commonwealth University’s pep band on NBC’s “Today” show Friday.

In what is becoming a March tradition, the Peppas will roll up to New York’s Rockefeller Plaza in their trademark “Havoc lives here!” bus while the show is on the air, director Ryan Kopacsi said.

“Well just do what we usually do and bully our way onto the show,” Kopacsi said as the band headed to New York.

The Peppas made a memorable surprise appearance on “Today” in 2014, when co-host Al Roker climbed aboard the bus and grooved with the band and VCU mascot Rodney the Ram.

The Peppas, known for Kopacsi’s high-energy direction and their take-no-prisoners attitude, gained national attention during VCU’s run to the Final Four in 2011.

In addition to trying to crash “Today,” the band plans to play outside the Barclays Center and possibly at Madison Square Garden, which is hosting the Big East basketball tournament this weekend, Kopacsi said.

“Today” airs on WWBT, Channel 12, from 7 to 9 a.m.

Published March 10, 2016, Richmond Times-Dispatch