TAMIU Marching Band
"I remember, this one time in band we ..."
If you can complete that sentence, then the Texas A&M International University Fighting Dustdevil Marching Band wants you.
"Anyone can join the band, provided that they play a marching band instrument and have had prior high school marching band experience," announced Dr. Michael Stone, director of bands.
The formation of the University's first marching band has been nine years in the making after Elmo López approached the University and offered his services as TAMIU's first band director as an unpaid volunteer who worked with other Laredo-area high school band directors and contributors to get the band's first instruments, many of which are still in use.
"Dr. Frank Grzych, department of fine and performing arts chair, formulated and planned the entire [marching band] concept, packaged it and helped guide the entire band idea through the administrative channels to make the band a true reality," explained Dr. Stone.
Musicians interested in joining the marching band need to register for the class MUEN 1137. Students will receive college credit for participating in the Marching Band. Majoring in music is not required.
"Marching Band will only meet in the Fall. However, if we are invited to some spring parades, we will call for volunteers!" Stone exclaimed.
The Band is already scheduled to perform at TAMIU's Freshman Convocation, six soccer and middle and high school football games and a marching band competition.
"If you love marching band and are a dedicated individual, this class is just right for you," advised Stone.
Rehearsals are currently being held daily, Mondays through Friday, in the evenings near the soccer field. Once classes begin on Aug. 28, rehearsals will be on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5 - 8 p.m.
Fall registration is currently underway. To register, go to uonline.tamiu.edu. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 28.
Late registration, with late fees applied, will continue through Sept. 10.
For more information, please contact Stone at 326.2640, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit office in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, room 233B.
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