AUBURN – The top 650 high school and middle school band students in the state of Alabama will gather at Auburn University for the All-State Band Festival today through Saturday, April 15-17. The students, representing more than 350 high schools and middle schools, will perform in free public concerts on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Student Activities Center.
Participants were selected for the festival through competitive auditions held at eight district sites. When they arrive at Auburn, the young musicians will audition again for chair placement in the junior high band and the three high school bands, designated as “Red,” “White,” and “Blue.”
Conductor of the All-State Red Band will be Thomas Fraschillo, director of bands from Southern Mississippi University. David Holsinger, award-winning composer from Lee University, will conduct the All-State White Band. Conductor of the All-State Blue Band will be Greg Grunner, director of bands from the University of South Alabama and Sean O’Loughlin, composer from Los Angeles will conduct the All-State Middle School Band.
A highlight of the festival will be a special host night concert for the participants by the Auburn University Symphonic Winds and Chamber Choir on Friday at 8 p.m. at Lakeview Baptist Church. This concert is also free and open to the public.
The Festival is sponsored by the Alabama Bandmasters Association and hosted by the College of Liberal Arts, Department of Music and the Auburn University Bands.