Troy University Band Day drawing more than 2,500 high school band members

Posted: Tuesday, 16 October 2012

TROY – More than 2,500 middle school and high school band members representing 28 bands will perform alongside the Sound of the South Marching Band during Troy University’s Band Day on Oct. 20.

The bands will join the Sound of the South in a special halftime performance during TROY’s home game against Florida International University. Kickoff for the game is set for noon. For tickets, call 1-877-878-9467

The annual event, which began in 1998, provides high school band students the opportunity to experience performing at the collegiate level.

“This is a very important even for us, as it brings a large number of students to our campus, who otherwise may not have the opportunity to visit,” said Dr. Adam Blackstock, TROY’s assistant director of bands and assistant professor in the John M. Long School of Music. “This is an invaluable recruiting tool that has been in place for many years and it as a large impact on the university and surrounding community.”

Participating bands will arrive on campus that morning and take part in a rehearsal with the Sound of the South. The bands will play in the Trojan Victory Parade up University Avenue and take part in the football team’s Trojan Walk, which begins at 9:45 a.m.

Also on Saturday is the University’s annual fall preview day for high school juniors and seniors and their parents. That event begins at 8:15 a.m. with a browse session on the Bibb Graves Quad. From 9 am. until 11:30 a.m., Admissions will provide a presentation and campus tours. Attendees will then be able to attend the Trojans’ football game against Florida International. Kickoff is set at noon.

Registration for the fall preview is available online at the Prospective Student link at Click on the “Plan My Visit” section and select the event date of Oct. 20. For additional information, contact the Office of Admissions at 334-670-3179