Tuesday, February 6, 2018
The Famous Maroon Band staff will travel to Tampa, Florida at the end of February to showcase one of its great traditions at a conference on the University of South Florida campus.
The Maroon Band’s “Patriotic Show” will be one of the featured performances showcased at the Southern Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association. The show was selected for a juried session as one of the top marching band shows in the southern division over the past year.
“The Patriotic Show has been a Maroon Band tradition for almost 40 years. When Dr. Kent Sills first created the show, it was a way for the band to pay tribute to our country,” according to Elva Kaye Lance, Director of Bands. “Now, in addition, the entire university community comes together each fall not only to celebrate our country, but to honor our military personnel, veterans, and first responders. It truly is a great way that Mississippi State University honors the great men and women who serve throughout our nation.”
Lance says that this is also an important show for the current FMB students. “By performing this show, our students get a chance to be a part of something really special. They put in a lot of time and effort to make this show extra special for those it honors.”
Selections in the 2017 Patriotic Show include “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “Salute to America’s Finest,” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
Other bands selected for this session include LSU, McNeese State, UAB, the University of Central Florida, and the University of South Florida.
The Famous Maroon Band is one of the oldest and largest band programs in the South. With 390 students from 16 different states, it has been entertaining MSU fans for over 115 years. This year’s band produced 40 perfect 4.00 GPAs, 102 President’s List members, 47 Dean’s List members, and an overall GPA of 3.23 for the Fall semester. The band is under the direction of Elva Kaye Lance, Clifton Taylor, and Craig Aarhus.