Huntsville, Ala. ---- The players in the Marching Maroon and White Band of Alabama A&M University are making preparations for a stellar performance on the field during the gridiron contest against Auburn University scheduled Saturday, November 17, at 1 p.m.
The lean and mean 132-member group is “very excited” about the trip to Auburn University, says Derrick K. Yates, interim director of bands, adding that the group will leave early on Saturday morning for Jordan-Hare Stadium.
The AAMU band program traces its roots to 1890 and since that time has been led by capable and diverse musicians, ranging from William Grant Still, Sr., and W.C. Handy to current band director Yates.
The band is a musical show unit that is open to all qualified AAMU students, regardless of their academic majors. Moreover, its distinctions are legion. For instance, the Marching Maroon and White Band represented the state of Alabama in the National Independence Day Parade sponsored by the United States Department of the Interior and the National Park Service on July 4, 1998, in Washington, D.C.
Additionally, the Band can be heard on the CD by Lucy Pearl (“Lucy Pearl Tells”), the remix of their big hit “Dance Tonight,” which charted at No. 15. In January 2006, the Band led the annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif.
Whether performing around Huntsville are the plains of Auburn, Ala., members of the Marching Maroon and White Band have formed a lasting tradition of intense, high quality entertainment for all.
For additional information about the AAMU band program, contact Sherryl Forman at (256) 372-4095.