Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-01-06

More than 500 high school and middle school musicians will participate in the Samford University Honor Band program this weekend (Jan. 8-10).

The students, representing 88 schools in north and central Alabama, were chosen for the honor by recommendation of their band directors.

Clinicians are Samford director of bands Dr. Jim Smisek and Jeff Atkins, director of bands, Oak Mountain Middle School; Joel Mason, director of bands, Mountain Gap Middle School, Huntsville; and Carlton Wright, director of bands, Minor High School, Birmingham. Masterclasses will be taught by Samford School of the Arts instrumental faculty members.

The schedule includes chair placement auditions on Thursday afternoon, with rehearsals and master classes all day on Friday and Saturday morning.

Honor Band participants will present a concert Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Samford's Wright Center Concert Hall. The public is invited free of charge.