AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University Athletics Department announced today it has pledged $1.5 million to the Auburn Marching Band for its capital campaign to fund a new band practice facility.
The Band Practice Facility project was approved by the Board of Trustees in 2010 and will provide more than 32,500 square feet of space for the nationally renowned program. The total cost of the facility is estimated at $10 million and will feature a concert band rehearsal hall, percussion studio, marching band rehearsal hall, practice studios, administrative offices, archive gallery and a music library.
“The Auburn University Marching Band is an integral part of the pageantry and fabric of our gameday experience, and we are pleased to be able to help the band program move closer to its goal of building a first-class rehearsal facility,” said Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs.
AUBURN – Seventy-nine Auburn University students and 16 faculty and staff will spend 10 days in China on a musical performance tour taking them to Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou.
The tour begins Sunday, March 11, in Beijing at the China National PLA Army Band Hall. The Symphonic Band will give seven performances throughout China, while also visiting such sites as Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. They were invited by the United States-China Cultural and Educational Foundation to the People’s Republic of China for the musical tour to promote cultural and educational exchange between the two countries.
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.
AUBURN – When Auburn’s Marching Band members return from the holidays this week, they will immediately hit the practice field in preparation for their performance at the BCS National Championship game. The Auburn Tigers take on the Oregon Ducks Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz.
The band will have a rehearsal Friday afternoon in Auburn before heading to Arizona early Saturday morning. All 380 band members along with 30 faculty and staff will fly nonstop on two chartered jets from Montgomery to Phoenix. A few students were already on campus earlier this week to help load large instruments and equipment into a tractor-trailer for shipping to the game.
“All the band members are really excited,” band member Katie Morgan said. “It’s something we’ve been looking forward to all season. Early on we thought maybe it was a possibility and now it’s a great way to end our year.”
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.”
AUBURN – The Auburn University Concert Band will present its second concert of the spring semester on Thursday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Lakeview Baptist Church. The concert is free of charge.
A selection of traditional and contemporary works for wind band will include Alfred Reed’s “The Hounds of Spring,” Fisher Tull’s “Sketches on a Tudor Psalm,” Jonathan Newman’s “Moon by Night, and Thomas Duffy’s The Philosopher’s Stone.