TROY – More than 1,600 middle school and high school band members will perform alongside the Sound of the South marching band during Troy University's annual Band Day on Sept. 13.
The students represent 33 schools from Alabama, Florida and Georgia and will join the Sound of the South in a special halftime performance during TROY's home game against Abilene Christian University. Kickoff for the game is set for 6 p.m. Game tickets are available for purchase online at www.troytrojans.com or by calling 1-877-878-9467.
The annual event, which began in 1998, provides band students the opportunity to experience performing at the collegiate level.
"This is a very important event for us, as it brings a large number of students to our campus," said Dr. Adam Blackstock, TROY's assistant director of bands and assistant professor in the John M. Long School of Music. "This provides a valuable experience for participating students and serves as an invaluable recruiting tool for us. Band Day has a large impact on the university and surrounding community."
Participating bands and auxiliary units will arrive on campus that morning and take part in a rehearsal with the South of the South before playing in the Trojan Victory Parade up University Avenue and taking part in Trojan Walk, which is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. in front of Sartain Hall.