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.

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 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 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.