Texas A&M University is hosting the 75th convention of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association (ABA) this week, and the convention will conclude with a multi-band concert here that also features the University of Texas at Austin, TCU and the United States Navy Band.
As part of the four-day event ending Saturday (March 7), the ABA has invited four musical groups to perform at Rudder Auditorium. While the conference itself is restricted to ABA members, the public is invited to attend the series of concerts, culminating in the Aggie Band performance at Kyle Field on Saturday.
Free tickets for the Rudder performances are available in advance through the MSC Box Office (979-845-1234). Doors will open to people with tickets 30 minutes prior to the performance time, with general admission for those without tickets beginning 10 minutes prior.
The concert schedule includes:
Tonight, 8 p.m.
The TCU Wind Symphony, Bobby Francis, Conductor The University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Jerry Junkin, Conductor
Friday, 8 p.m.
The United States Navy Band, Washington, D.C.
Capt. George Thompson, Conductor
In addition to the concert bands, a special performance by the Fightin'
Texas Aggie Band is set for Saturday (March 7) at 2 p.m. at Kyle Field.
Because of the unique nature of this performance - marching bands do not traditionally perform at ABA conventions - the show will be twice as long as a normal halftime show. ABA officials have requested the performance based on the Aggie Band's tradition of excellence and national reputation, convention organizers note.
The performance is free and open to the public, with seating on the west side of the stadium. Gates will open at 1:30 pm. No tickets are required for this event.
For more information on the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band go to http://tamubands.tamu.edu.