Troy University Bands
The Troy University Symphony Band, conducted by Dr. Mark J. Walker, is comprised of the top 55 - 63 wind and percussion students in the John M. Long School of Music. The Symphony Band is dedicated to the performance of the finest of wind literature and to the promotion of new music for winds and percussion. The ensemble has an active commissioning schedule, which includes Fanfaranade by Robert Jager, commissioned in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Southeastern United States Clinic and Honor Bands, and works from James Stephenson. Additionally, the Symphony Band regularly participates in commissioning consortia that has or will result in works by James Stephenson, Steve Danyew, James David and Joseph Schwantner, among others. In 2011, this premiere group completed its first international tour, performing for enthusiastic audiences in Vancouver and at the Whistler Music Festival in Whistler, Canada.
In March 2014, the Symphony Band received the honor to perform the opening concert at the 80th Annual Convention of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. Over the years, the Symphony Band has enjoyed an active recording schedule, recently a compact disc of music by acclaimed Canadian composer Robert Buckley. This ensemble has also released a compact disc of Troy University composer Carl Vollrath’s Symphonies No. 1 and No. 2 and has regularly provided demonstration recordings for Alfred Publications, TRN and others. Throughout its distinguished history, the Symphony Band has recorded chapters for the acclaimed series “The Heritage of the March” and broadcast its own radio program, “Strike Up the Band!” for twenty years on the Southeastern Public Radio Network.
Since 2001, the Symphony Band has performed under the baton of every living member and inductee of the National Band Associations Hall of Fame of Distinguished Conductors. Over the years, the band has performed at the national conventions of the American Bandmasters Association, the College Band Directors National Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the Women Band Directors International Association, the Alabama Bandmasters Association, and most recently the Alabama Music Educators Association Convention.
The Symphony Band tours throughout Alabama and the Southeast each spring semester and has enlarged its regular performance series to include Troy-Montgomery campus, as well as the sites in conjunction with the Troy campuses in Dothan and Phenix City.
The Troy University Symphony Band is open to all university students by audition at the beginning of each semester.
For information regarding band scholarships, auditions, or opportunities to support the band program through the University Foundation, please contact Dr. Mark J. Walker, Director of Bands at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 334.670.3281. The street address is: 109 Long Hall, Troy University, Troy, AL 36082. Websites: www.troy.edu, www.music.troy.edu, and www.soundofthesouth.org.