AUBURN – Auburn University will hold its third annual Middle School Symphonic Honor Band Festival Feb. 2-4 on the university campus. Close to 275 middle school musicians from more than 97 schools representing five states will participate in a weekend of concerts, rehearsals and social activities. The festival is hosted by the Auburn University Bands in conjunction with the Department of Music and College of Liberal Arts.
The musicians will audition for chair placement in one of three bands, designated as “Symphonic, ” “Tiger” and “Eagle.” Guest composer and clinician Matt Conaway will conduct one of his original compositions with each ensemble. Other guest conductors include Audrey Murphy, conducting the Symphonic Band; Connie Hammond, conducting the Tiger Band and Chris Walker, conducting the Eagle Band.
The festival will also feature two guest bands. The Pizitz Middle School Band, directed by Kim Bain, will perform Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and the Lovinggood Middle School Band, directed by Joseph Hieberger, will perform Friday at 2:45 p.m. Both concerts will be held in the Student Activities Center on the campus of Auburn University.
A highlight of the festival will be a special “Host Night” concert for the participants by the Auburn University Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble, Friday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Auburn High School Performing Arts Center. Corey Spurlin, associate director of bands, will direct the AU Concert Band and Michael Pendowski, jazz ensemble director and applied saxophone instructor, will direct the AU Jazz Ensemble. The concert is free and open to the public.
The three middle school bands will present the finale concert Saturday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. at the Auburn Performing Arts Center at Auburn High School. This concert is also free and open to the public.