Posted by Sean Flynt on 2010-01-06

Each of four bands--two middle school bands and two high school bands--will consist of 90-100 students considered the top musicians in their home programs.

The students will arrive on campus Thursday, Jan. 7 and audition for chair placement that afternoon. After intensive rehearsals all day Friday and Saturday morning, the bands will perform at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Samford's Wright Center Concert Hall. Organizers said the program will proceed as scheduled in spite of expected snow on Thursday.

The Saturday concert is free of charge and open to the public.

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 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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.