March 16, 2009
For anyone who’s interested in becoming a member of M4, (The Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South) you can schedule a date for auditions by contacting the University Band office at: 870-575-8919. Onsite audition dates are scheduled for the last Friday in each month of any day that is convenient for you. There will be an official University recruitment day called Lion Fever Day on April 3rd. students from across the country. Also on that day, Auxiliary auditions will be held as well. Can’t make an onsite audition? Contact the following people for more information!
January 21, 2009
UAPB band director John Graham said taking part in Tuesday’s parade was “like a dream.” The 250-member Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South overcame the cold at the staging area, and the band’s performance generated some recognition.
“It was 27 degrees and our feet were numb. We had to wait so long to start, I was afraid the students would be frustrated so we started marching in place and playing. When he heard us, the director of the Air Force band came over and told us we were really good, and the University of Tennessee complimented us, too. After that, the students were good to go and they looked amazing,” Graham said Tuesday.
January 7, 2009
The UAPB marching band spent Tuesday folding, addressing and sorting letters.
Member Erikka Boykin says, “We’ve got about 10,000 more I would say.” I think I am going to have some muscles by the end of the week.”
They’ve been at this for two days now.
“Basically [the letters are] asking for help from the community and faculty and staff,” says Boykin.
Each donation letter will help them march into history.
January 1, 2009
PINE BLUFF, Ark. - The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff marching band is to travel to Washington, D.C., to perform in Barak Obama’s presidential inauguration.
The 250-member Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South received word Wednesday that the historically black university’s application was accepted for the Jan. 20 inauguration.
Band director John Graham Jr. said UAPB applied in January 2008 to take part, well before voters elected the nation’s first black president in November.
“This is going to really be something special, not just for African-Americans _ but for us as a university, even for those who are not African-American,” Graham said.