AUBURN – The Auburn University Marching Band, which has entertained football fans for more than a century, will boast its largest membership in history this fall with 380 members, up from a record 372 in 2006.
“We had a great recruiting year,” Marching Band director Corey Spurlin said. “We also have some great people returning.”
Spurlin said 398 students attended the preseason camp this August. The camp, open to any student who registers, involves both a playing audition and a marching evaluation before members are selected.
The band has practiced in Goodwin Hall since 1974 and has since nearly doubled in size. Because of the band’s growth, Auburn University is in the beginning stages of plans for a new Band Hall and adjoining practice field to be located off Samford Avenue on the west side of campus. A fundraising campaign is under way to fund the project, which is estimated to cost $15 million.
Spurlin said fans can expect about six different halftime shows this football season, in addition to the traditional pre-game show and spirit march. He said the band will also be playing new stand music in addition to all the classics fans have come to expect.
The band won the Sudler Intercollegiate Marching Band Trophy, the nation’s highest award for college and university marching bands, in 2004.
In 2008, the band performed internationally for the first time. At the invitation of Lord Mayor of Dublin, they performed in Dublin’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. They also played at the St. Patrick’s Festival Band Parade in Limerick and at the Guinness Brewery in Dublin.
For more information about the Auburn University Marching Band, including its game day schedule, go to http://www.auburn.edu/auband/bands/aumb.
(Contributed by Natalie Nettles.)