AUBURN – The top 650 high school and junior high band students in the state of Alabama will gather at Auburn University for the 2008 All-State Band Festival April 17-19. The festival, sponsored by the Alabama Bandmasters Association and hosted by the Department of Music and the Auburn University Bands, involves students from over 350 high school, junior high and middle school bands throughout the state.
Participants were selected for the festival through competitive auditions held at eight district sites. When the musicians arrive at Auburn, they will audition for chair placement in the junior high band and the three high school bands, designated as the Red, White and Blue bands.
Conductor of the All-State Red Band will be Gary Garner, retired director of bands at West Texas University. Steven Bolstad, director of bands at James Madison University, will conduct the All-State White Band. Conductor of the All-State Blue Band will be Johnny Jacobs, retired instrumental music educator from the Jefferson County School System. Carla Galahan, assistant professor of music education at Troy State University, will conduct the All-State Junior High Band. The four bands will rehearse under these conductors on Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday mornings and will present concerts on Saturday at 11 a.m. for the junior high and Blue bands and 2 p.m. for the White and Red bands in the AU Student Activities Building.
“We are delighted to be hosting the All-State Band Festival again this year,” said Rick Good, director of bands at AU. “The Festival affords us a wonderful opportunity to get to know these talented students and their directors and to show them what Auburn has to offer in our music and band programs.”
A highlight of the festival will be a special Host Night concert for the participants performed by the AU Symphonic Band on Friday evening, April 19, at 8 in the Opelika Performing Arts Center. All concerts during are free and open to the public.