Music for All is excited to welcome these outstanding groups in special exhibition at the 2017 Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha.
Marian University Marching Band
Exhibition Performance: Wednesday, November 8, 9:00 p.m.
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.
Bowling Green University Falcon Marching Band
Exhibition Performance: Friday, November 10, 5:30 p.m.
The Bowling Green State University Falcon Marching Band, also known as FMB, has a rich history. Earl Claire Powell established the first marching band in 1923, which only had 20 members, but now the 240 plus member band showcases the finest in musical and visual performances, as well as a centerpiece in BGSU athletic spirit.
The University of Alabama Million Dollar Band
Exhibition Performance: Friday, November 10, 9:30 p.m.
This 400 plus member marching band covers almost every major and department with the university, easily making the Million Dollar Band the largest student organization on campus. The band is no stranger to Bands of America, having made an appearance at the 2007 Grand National Championships.
The Miami University Marching Band
Exhibition Performance: Saturday, November 11, 4:45 p.m.
The Miami University Marching Band is a game-day tradition for the Redhawks, dating back to 1935 making it one of Miami’s oldest and most active student organizations. The 260-member ensemble has performed across the country including the 2003 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and two bowl games: the 2003 GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Alabama and 2004 Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana. The band is excited to perform their 2017 production “Top Secret”, which features music from film and TV, as well as showcasing their new uniforms for the 2017 season.