High School Musicians Arrive Thursday for Samford Honor Band

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.

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ABOUT SAMFORD UNIVERSITY -- Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 3rd among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.