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Awards / Honors

Marching Band receives national recognition for excellence

March 9, 2009

The Colorado State University Marching Band will be honored among five leading university marching bands for contributions of excellence and creativity to the marching profession at the national conference for the College Band Directors National Association in Austin, Texas, at the end of March.

National recognition a first

This is the first national recognition that the marching band has received in the history of the program.

Steven Moore, director of bands, will present a video of the band’s 2008 performance, “Vegas Show,” at a recognition session for the CBDNA National Conference at the University of Texas at Austin. The video will be featured as one of five videos from select institutions, which include the University of Arizona, University of California - Los Angeles, Texas Christian University, and Western Carolina University.

“This recognition will bring Colorado State University to the attention of band directors from around nation, who may not be aware of CSU or of the quality of our band and music program,” says Moore.

Video from Sept. 2008 performance led to selection

Hundreds of university marching band programs from all college football conferences were eligible for the recognition. A video submitted to the CBDNA, which featured the band’s performance at the CSU Marching Band Showcase at Hughes Stadium in Sept. 2008, was chosen over submissions from conferences known for marching bands, such as the SEC, Big 10, and ACC.

“CSU has finally developed as a leading marching band in college football,” said senior Mike Wenzel, a drum major for the band.

Music and motion

The CSU Marching Band performed its final production of the “Vegas Show” before a national audience in December 2008 at the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque, where Colorado State defeated Fresno State for the title. The “Vegas Show” included selections from Cirque de Soleil as well as the songs “Luck Be A Lady” and “Can’t Buy Me Love.”

“The fundamentals of music and motion required to create a quality marching band demand intense dedication and commitment to excellence throughout the entire marching season,” says Moore.


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