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Alumni Band Starts Summer 2014 Season at Utah State University

Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014

USU Alumni Band and conductor Nicholas Morrison in a performance

Utah State University music professor and associate dean in the Caine College of the Arts Nicholas Morrison conducts the popular Alumni Band in a series of concerts on the USU Logan campus. This year's opening concert is Sunday, June 22, 7 p.m.

Utah State University presents five Sunday evening performances this summer with the Alumni Band.

“Talented and dedicated alumni come together each summer to make music for all to enjoy,” said Nick Morrison, conductor of the band and senior associate dean in the Caine College of the Arts at USU. “Each sacrifices time they could spend with their families to perform, and this is a labor of love for them.”

Founded in 1963 by Max Dalby, faculty member in the Department of Music, the Alumni Band was born when administrators expressed concern that summer students had nothing to do Sunday evenings.

Whether newly graduated or retired, the Alumni Band features musicians of all ages who have graduated from Utah State.

Each summer the band performs five concerts, rehearsing for only a few hours before performing. Alumni regularly travel from Idaho, Wyoming and southern Utah to perform in at least one concert, with others traveling greater distances.

“I would like to encourage the community to attend these great performances we’re providing at no cost,” said Michael Bankhead, head of the music department at USU. “It’s a great activity for Sunday nights with the family.”

The first performance of the season on June 22 features Brigham Young University’s Steve Call on tuba. Call is a USU alum, but has taught music at BYU since 1979. He also directs the award-winning BYU Jazz Legacy Dixieland Band. As a soloist Call has presented guest recitals and concerto performances throughout the United States. He is also principal tuba with Utah Premiere Brass and the Wintergreen Summer Festival Orchestra in Virginia and has performed with a variety of ensembles in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Canada and Italy.

Throughout the band’s history, there have been only two conductors. Dalby led the band for 30 years, and this season marks Morrison’s 22nd year of leading the group.

“I love being involved with Alumni Band and the sense of community it brings to campus,” Morrison said. “These performances are a great opportunity to pack a picnic, bring the family up to the Quad and enjoy some live music.”

This year’s concerts are presented June 22, July 6, 13 and 27, and Aug. 10. All Alumni Band performances begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Concerts will be held on the USU Quad. The July 27 concert is scheduled in the Kent Concert Hall.  In case of inclement weather, the other performances will also be held in the Kent Concert Hall.

For more information, visit the CCA Box Office in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center, call 435-797-8022 or see the Caine College’s Production Services website.

Related links:

USU Department of Music

USU Caine College of the Arts

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500,

Writer: Whitney Schulte, 435-797-9203,

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