Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2007-01-04

Many of the area's best high school musicians will be at Samford University this weekend (Jan. 4-6) as part of the Samford Honor Band.

A total of 68 students from 16 high schools in north Alabama were selected for the honor by recommendation of their band directors.

Chair placement auditions and initial rehearsals were held Thursday (JAN. 4). Friday's schedule includes rehearsals and master classes led by Samford instrumental music faculty.

The Honor Band will present a concert Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Samford's Brock Recital Hall. Dr. James J. Smisek, Samford director of bands, will conduct. The public is invited free of charge.

The concert of music by a variety of composers will include Henry Fillmore's popular The Klaxon March, subtitled "March of the Automobiles."

The Honor Band program is sponsored by Samford's School of Performing Arts, Division of Music.

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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.