Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2003-11-03

The Samford University band program will celebrate its 80th anniversary with a barbecue picnic Saturday, Nov. 8, prior to the Samford football game against Jacksonville State. All former band members are invited to the free event, which begins at 11 a.m. in the north end zone of Seibert Stadium. Football game kickoff is at 1 p.m.

Guests will be able to become charter members of Samford Band Support. The new group seeks to provide funding for band scholarships, instruments and programs.

For picnic reservations and complementary game tickets, contact the University Relations office at (205) 726-2807 or toll free 877-782-5867.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.