Admissions has a strong relationship with the Music department and specifically the OSU Marching Band director, Brad Townsend. A recent check-in with Brad alerted me to how busy the OSU Marching Band was this year.
Some of the things they did (or will be doing soon) include:
-The band traveled to the Bay Area to play at the Cal-OSU game in Berkley. While down there, they conducted a clinic for an area high school’s marching band. After the Saturday Cal game (which OSU won 23-20), the OSU Marching Band played at halftime for the Oakland Raiders game. Brad joked that while Raiders fans pretty much boo anyone who isn’t a Raider, the band got a nice ovation after the performance.
-Pep Band traveled to LA and San Jose for the Men’s and Women’s (respectively) Pac-10 Basketball Tournaments.
-OSU Gymnastics Band played for the Pac-10 and NCAA Championships. Brad isn’t completely sure if anyone else has a Gymnastics Band.
-Brad mentioned there is interest in starting a new Baseball/Softball Band. We’ll see if this one takes off.
-The Band department will host the OSAA US Bank Les Schwab State High School Band and Orchestra Championships May 11-13.
OSU Dance Team Auditions are May 5-6, and OSU Marching Band and Color Guard Auditions are May 20 and June 13.
The Music department publishes a calendar of events for spring.
And due to a generous donation by a Marching Band supporter, the band will have new uniforms for next season.
And from the Music Department website: “What do Yo-Yo Ma, Robin Williams, Phillip Glass, Itzhak Perlman, Wynton Marsalis, Kevin Spacey, and Rachelle McCabe, Oregon State University’s director of piano studies, have in common? All are graduates of The Juilliard School, and all were among a select group of Juilliard alumni featured in a glossy, full-color book, celebrating the school’s 100th anniversary. McCabe’s photo and biographical information were among those of a group of 100 distinguished graduates selected for the publication.”