AU to host Alabama All-State Band Festival this weekend

AUBURN – The top 650 high school and junior high school band students in the state of Alabama will gather at Auburn University for the 2007 All-State Band Festival Thursday through Saturday.

The Festival, sponsored by the Alabama Bandmasters Association and hosted by the Department of Music and the AU Bands, will include students from over 350 high school, junior high and middle school bands throughout the state.

Participants were selected through competitive auditions held at eight district sites. When they arrive at AU, the musicians will audition for chair placement in the junior high band or the “red,” white” or “blue” high school bands.

Composer James Barnes of the University of Kansas will conduct the red band; director of bands at Ball State University Tom Caneva will conduct the white band; and Lloyd Jones, director of bands at the University of North Alabama, will conduct the blue band. The all-state junior high band will be conducted by Cheryl Floyd, band director at Hill Country Middle School in Austin, Texas.

All bands will rehearse Thursday evening and Friday and Saturday mornings, and will present concerts on Saturday in AU’s Student Activities Building. The junior high and blue bands will perform at 11 a.m., and the red and white bands will perform at 2 p.m.

“We are delighted to be hosting the All-State Band Festival again this year. 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,” said Johnnie Vinson, director of bands at Auburn.

A highlight of the festival will be a special concert for the participants by the AU Symphonic Band on Friday, at 8 p.m., in the Opelika Performing Arts Center. The concert is also free and the public is invited to attend.

For more information, contact Johnnie Vinson at (334) 844-4166.

Contact: Vicky Santos, (334) 844-7186 (santovr@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)