Bands in Special Exhibition

Bands in Special Exhibition

Music for All is excited to welcome these outstanding groups in special exhibition at the 2016 Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha.


Marian University Marching Band

Exhibition Performance: Wednesday, November 9,  8:45 PM

In 1964, Marian student John Sweany had a vision to bring the excitement that he experienced through his days as drum major for the Ben Davis High School Marching Band to Marian College. With only six classmates and a handful of instruments donated by local American Legion posts, John founded the Marian Blue Knights, America's first non-military academy collegiate drum and bugle corps.

For four years, John led the Corps in performances nationwide before moving on to the University of Notre Dame, where he received his Master's Degree in Music and realized a childhood dream by becoming Drum Major for the Band of the Fighting Irish.
Although the Corps was disbanded after 1978, as a member of the Marian Board of Trustees, John Sweany vowed that when he retired, he would one day return to Marian's campus and, in his own words, “get the band back together.” This vow was tragically left unfulfilled when, in 1992, John was killed in an automobile accident.

On September 19, 2009, John’s dream was finally realized when the Marian University Marching Band gave its first performance. It is to John, and to all the Corps and Band members who've marched in his footsteps, that we dedicate today’s performance.


Ohio University Marching 110

Exhibition Performance: Friday, November 11,  6:45 PM

The Ohio University Marching Band is the 240-member marching band at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Founded in 1923, the OUMB has performed over 40 NFL halftime shows, in NYC's Carnegie Hall, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, and internationally in Canada, France, Ireland, and Italy. The band has performed in two Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parades, and has been invited to return to perform in the 2017 parade. Nicknamed the "Marching 110," referring to the original number of members in the band, the Ohio University Marching Band is known around the world for its unique marching style and choreographed dance moves. Today, the number "110" symbolizes the 110% effort expected of its members during each and every rehearsal and performance. 


University of North Alabama Pride of Dixie Marching Band

Exhibition Performance: Friday, November 11,  9:30 PM

2016 marks the 3rd Grand Nationals exhibition performance by the Pride of Dixie - including 2013 & 2014. The Pride of Dixie also performed at the 2011 & 2012 Super Regional in Atlanta, GA.

As the largest student organization on the UNA campus, the 250-member Pride of Dixie includes student from every degree field, and all students receive a band performance award.

Founded in 1949, the UNA Band program includes the UNA Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Studio Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Percussion Ensembles, and numerous chamber ensembles.

As a music education powerhouse, the University of North Alabama can claim just over 20% of the band directors in the state of Alabama as graduates of its band program.


The Ohio State University Marching Band

Exhibition Performance: Saturday, November 12,  5:00 PM

The Ohio State University Marching Band performs at Ohio State football games and other events during the fall semester. The 225-piece "Pride of the Buckeyes" is one of the few college all-brass-and-percussion bands in the U.S. and is acknowledged as the largest of its type in the world.

With a history dating back to the late 1800s, many marching band innovations were developed at Ohio State. Among them: floating and animated formations, script writing, and the fast cadence with a high knee lift. The band's Script Ohio is considered by many to be the most memorable tradition in college band history.