Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-01-02

Several hundred outstanding high school musicians from central and north Alabama will be at Samford University January 3-5 to participate in the Samford Honor Band.

Participants include 156 high school students and 145 middle school students who were competitively selected by recommendation of their band directors. Chair placement auditions will be held Thursday evening. The instrumentalists will spend Friday in master classes and rehearsals.

The three-day event will conclude with an Honor Band concert Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Wright Center Concert Hall. Dr. James J. Smisek, Samford director of bands, will conduct. The public is invited free of charge.

 
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 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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.