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September 16, 1957 - Image 15

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TEMBER 16, 1957




Three Bands Perform for Campus
."And now, presenting, the
Michigan Marching Band."
These words have been a pre-
edent to many of the University
and's preformances - on the
ridiron, on television and in con-
ert halls. r
Under the direction of Dr. Wil-
.am Revelli, the M i c h i g a n
Marching Band takes the spot-
ight for the first eight weeks of
ach fall semester.
The highly-drilled oiganization
as established a reputation for
nusually fine playrg, precision
narching, intricate danzce steps
pec t ac uIa r formations and
reath-taking gridiron produc- f: ,......:

Band Performs, Travels
The band marches and per-
forms at all home football games
and also accompanies the team on
out of town games.'
Stepping off at 220 steps a min-
ute, the band places equal empha-
sis on music as it does on march-
ing, combining precision marching
with articulate playing. Director
Revelli tells his men, "You mut
p'.y it right to march it right."
For Just one show, the 170 band
members spend more than seven
hours drilling. The steps they take
in practice are equal to the dis-
tance of a little over once around
the world. In the process the band
members lose 800 pounds of
weight in eight weeks.
Alto horns, trombones, cornets,
trumpets' and euphoniums are the
prominent instruments in the
Marching Band, giving it a son-
ority that is its traditional trade-
. Band Formed
The formation of a University
band took place more than a hun-
dred years ago, when the 1844

Six Groups
Offer Vocal
Six campus singing g r o u p s,
under the direction of Prof. May-
nard Klein of the music school,
provide opportunities for students
interested in choral singing.
University Choir, largest of them
all, boasts 250 mixed voices. The
group has given performances of
Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Mo-
zart's Requiem and many other
difficult works.
Most advanced and select group
is the 50-voice Michigan Singers.
The group's repertory consists of
madrigals, contemporary w o r k s
and technical works for small en-
A 16-voice choir, the Tudor
Singers, performs music of all
periods and works with the Col-
legium Musicum, an organization
dedicated to research and perform-
ance of old music.
A similar group, the Bach Choir,
has 80 mixed voices.
A 30-voice Women's Choir and a
40-voice Women's Glee Club both
offer advanced work for women.
The latter makes an annual tour
of neighboring cities.
Arts Chorale, a mixed group,
offers students the opportunity of
singing a varied repertory of choral
music and the experience of con-
cert performances.
The Arts Chorale is intended for
students with less experience in
choral singing or those unable to
qualify for the other groups.

UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY BAND-Under the direction of the late Dr. Edwin Franko Goldman, the
band is pictured here in one of its recent concerts in Hill Auditorium..

graduating class had a band of
nine pieces to play at chapel serv-
Fourteen years later, a 15-piece
ensemble first took the name of
Michigan Band, although the Uni-
versity gave it no official recogni-
In 1935, Dr. Revelli assumed the
duties of Director of University
Bands and has held that position
ever since, insisting -pon quality
performance while constantly
searching for new and better band
With the close of the football
season the spotlight swings to the
University Symphony Band.
Proficiency Demanded
Demanding a high degree of,
musical proficiency, the Sym-

phony Band reads and performs
the finest of symphonic literature.
The band often has the privilege
of premiering new works for a
composer under his direction.
Climaxing each symphony sea-
son is the spring tour which gives
the band members a real taste oX
being "on the road."
Last spring's tour consisted of
10 concerts in localities that
would not have otherwise heard
the band.
Band's Activities
The symphony group has in re-
cent years played in Carnegie
Hall in New York City, Philadel-
phia Academy of Music and Sym-
phony Hall in Boston, giving the
students professional training,
poise and experience on the con-
cert stage.
A third segment of University
bands is the Wolverine-Band, cen-
tering its activities around extra-
curricular campus functions such
as basketball games and local pa-
rades, taking over the role of the
Marching Band at the end of the
regular marching season.
The Wolverine Band is for stu-
dents without the proficiency to
qualify for the Symphony Band
or for those who cannot devote the
time required for the other two
organizations. George ,R. Caven-
der, assistant director of Univer-
sity bands, is the head of the Wol-
verine Band.
Practice Used
The aims of the University
Bands, according to Revelli, are
many. Bands encourage student
talent and serve as invaluable
training ground for the future
music educator.
Through actual practice in or-
ganization, training and presen-

tation, they provide experience in
music education, culture and ar-
The bands also enhance insti-
tutional spirit and character
through concerts and appearances
at campus functions and, cere-
The University bands have al-
ways been considered one of the
leaders among the bands in the
nation. This place of eminence has
been acclaimed not only by stu-
dents and alumni, but by critics
and audiences throughout the


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