Bands in Special Exhibition

Bands in Special Exhibition

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.

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Tennessee State University “The Aristocrat of Bands”

Exhibition Performance: Thursday, November 8, 7:00 p.m.

In the fall of 1946, after six weeks of practice, a 100-piece marching band took to the field at Tennessee State University and a tradition of excellence was born. The idea for a show band at Tennessee State University originated with its second president. the late Dr. Walter S. Davis. President Davis selected J. D. Chavis to serve as the first band director. Under Chavis’ leadership, the marching band grew and developed into a premier university band that gave spectacular performances in parades and half-time shows at football games. In 1947 and 1948, the marching band performed in the Washington Classic in Washington, D.C., where top historically black colleges and universities competed for national championships.Chavis’ tenure as band director ended in 1951 and the baton was passed to Frank T. Greer. Tennessee State University’s distinctive style was further developed under Greer. The band continued to earn invitations to special events.

THE TRADITION CONTINUES
This year, the tradition will continue. Audiences will be thoroughly entertained by the band’s unique marching style and musical versatility. A group of vivacious majorettes, The Sophisticated Ladies enhance the dynamic style and SOUNDS of “The Aristocrat of Bands”. Graves is assisted by Dr. Reginald A. McDonald, associate band director, Dr. Sean Daniels, assistant band director, Judy F. Gentry, majorette coordinator, James “Dean” Sexton, director of the Jazz Band and assistant band director, Michelle Allen, office manager to the band, Dr. Cass F.L.Teague, Jr., photographer, and James Pitts, instrument technician.

 

Ball State "Pride of Mid-America" Marching Band

Exhibition Performance: Friday, November 9, 4:45 p.m.

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First dubbed "The Pride of Mid-America" Marching Band in the 1960s by then Director of Bands Earl Dunn, the Pride has a storied history spanning decades. From performing at L.B. Johnson's presidential inauguration to supporting on-campus football events, the Pride's history informs today's high energy performances across all occasions. The band is comprised of all majors from across Ball State University, and welcomes and encourages students to find a way to keep up their music making in college! Discover more at bsu.edu/POMA

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Spartan Marching Band of Michigan State University

Exhibition Performance: Saturday, November 10,  8:15 a.m.

The Spartan Marching Band (SMB) was founded in 1870 as a 10-member student group in which all of the original members were Civil War veterans. Since 1870, the SMB has grown to 300 members of unique instrumentation. Two of the most iconic traditions of the SMB are The Series and The Kickstep. The Series is the name of the percussion cadence used by the SMB for the march to the stadium and The Kickstep is the field entrance at the beginning of the pregame show. Both have become trademarks of the Spartan Marching Band.

The SMB has performed at five Rose Bowls and numerous other bowl games including recent 2017 Holiday Bowl and the 2015 Cotton Bowl and College Football Playoff Semifinal. Additionally, the SMB performed at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, the 1984 New Orleans World’s Fair, and cheered the Detroit Tigers to the 1984 World Series victory. The SMB has entertained five U. S. Presidents and is a recipient of the Louis Sudler Trophy for collegiate marching bands, administered by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.

Now in its 149th season, the 300-member Spartan Marching Band is one of the oldest and most recognized marching bands in the country!

 

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Marian University Marching Band

Exhibition Performance: Saturday, November 10,  9:00 a.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.

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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.

The Marian University Marching Knights are in their ninth year of existence and are comprised of music majors as well as many non-music majors. The Marching Knights have performed for Bands of America Regionals and Grand Nationals as an exhibition band for the last nine years as well as traveled to Daytona Florida for the NAIA national football championships in 2012, 2014, and 2015.

 

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The Rocket Marching Band of the University of Toledo

Exhibition Performance: Saturday, November 10,  1:45 p.m.

Begun in 1929, The University of Toledo Rocket Marching Band (RMB) is one of the largest and most visible student groups on campus. With more than 200 musicians, dancers, color guard, and majorettes, the RMB is a positive source of pride and school spirit for the entire UT community. The band performs at home and select away football games, parades, festivals, and accepts invitations to perform at high school marching band exhibitions.
The Rocket Marching Band dance team, The Rockettes, were the first recognized collegiate dance team (1961) and the first to be affiliated with a college marching band. The Rocket Marching Band has performed for the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, and the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL, the Toledo Mud Hens of the International Baseball League, and has appeared at multiple college bowl games including the Dollar General Bowl, Camellia Bowl, Boca Raton Bowl, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and the USO Military Bowl. The RMB has both hosted and performed as an exhibition band at multiple Bands of America Championships.

 

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The Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band of West Chester University

Exhibition Performance: Saturday, November 10,  4:45 p.m.

With a proud and distinguished history dating back to 1889, the 325-member Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band continues to delight audiences with its entertaining and innovative performances.

The Golden Rams Marching Band performs regularly at WCU football games, numerous special events for the university and community, and field show exhibitions throughout the United States. The band has performed at Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, New York Giants and Washington Redskins football games. The group has been featured during Philadelphia Phillies World Series appearances, marched in the 1986 and 2015 New York’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and multiple appearances in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Recent honors and invitations include:

2018
Exhibition Performance at the Bands of America Grand National Championships, Indianapolis, IN

2017
Golden Rams Marching Band invited to perform as feature marching band in the Miss America “Show Us Your Shoes” Parade in Atlantic City, NJ

2016
Selected as one of three finalists for the prestigious Sudler Trophy sponsored by the John Philip Sousa Foundation

Golden Rams Marching Band invited to perform at the Bands of America Pittsburgh Regional in Monroeville, PA.

Performance at Pittsburgh Steelers Home Opener

Field Show, Water, selected for presentation at the College Band Director’s National Association’s Eastern Division Conference in New London, CT

2015
Golden Rams Marching Band invited to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, NY

Golden Rams Marching Band invited to perform at the USBands National Championships, Metlife Stadium, NJ

2014
Golden Rams Marching Band invited to perform at the Bands of America Atlanta Regional in Atlanta, GA

2013
Golden Rams Marching Band invited to perform as featured act in the Dunkin Donuts Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

Golden Rams Marching Band invited to perform at the USBands National Championships, Metlife Stadium, NJ

Field Show, Ritual Fire, selected for presentation at the College Band Directors National Association’s National Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina

2012
Selected as one of three finalists for the prestigious Sudler Trophy sponsored by the John Philip Sousa Foundation

Golden Rams Marching Band invited to perform at the Bands of America Pittsburgh Regional in Monroeville, PA

2011
Golden Rams Marching Band invited to perform at 2011 USBands Yamaha Cup

2010
Selected as one of three finalists for the prestigious Sudler Trophy sponsored by the John Philip Sousa Foundation

Golden Rams Marching Band invited to perform at the USBands National Championships, Norfolk, VA

2009
Golden Rams Marching Band invited to perform at the Bands of America Grand National Championships, Indianapolis, IN

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