The Auburn University Music Department hosted the 12th annual Sounds of Auburn concert on October 18 in the Auburn Arena. The concert features many of the major instrumental and choral performance groups on campus.
There is something for everyone in the audience and the 2nd year in the Arena brought another success for the performance.
The concert is an opportunity for the different ensembles to showcase a small sample of music they perform throughout the year.
This year’s Sounds of Auburn concert included performances from the Auburn University Marching Band, the Symphonic Winds Ensemble, the Chamber Choir, the AU Singers, the Jazz Ensemble and the Gospel Choir.
“Some people may come to see a certain ensemble perform,” said Jacob Potter, senior. “They end up getting to see other ensembles that they might not normally.”
Potter plays trumpet in many of the ensembles that performed on Thursday night, including the jazz ensemble and the marching band.
“It’s interesting to see how many people are actually in ensembles,” said Potter. “Not everyone that is in the ensembles is a music major.”
According to the Music Department website, there are approximately 600 students involved in the ensembles that perform at the concert, and the students represent every college in the university.
This year’s concert began with a performance of the Star Spangled Banner, arranged by Johnnie Vinson, a former marching band director and director of bands for the university. The song was performed by the Symphonic Winds ensemble and was conducted by music department chair Sara Lynn Baird.
The Chamber Choir continued the performance, singing ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Doors of Daring’ under the direction of William Powell.
Doug Rosener led the Percussion Ensemble in their performance of ‘Naked and On Fire’ and the AU Singers followed with their renditions of ‘Hot! Hot! Hot!’ and ‘On the Sunny Side of the Street.’
The Jazz Ensemble, led by Michael Pendowski, performed ‘Groovin’ Hard’ and Powell took the stage again to conduct the Gospel Choir in their performances of ‘Total Praise’ and ‘Anthem of Praise.’
The Auburn University Marching Band performed a shortened version of their pregame entrance onto the arena floor to perform part of their pregame show. The group, under the direction of Corey Spurlin, also played the music from their ‘Nightclub’ halftime performance, which included ‘Harlem Nocturne,’ ‘Moondance,’ ‘Saturday Night’s Alright for Fightin’,’ and ‘It Had Better Be Tonight.’
To end the night, the marching band performed the Auburn University Alma Mater and, as an encore, ‘Word Up,’ with the band’s choreography included.
The tradition brings new medleys of music to the Auburn campus and community every year and gives the music department an opportunity to represent themselves in one performance through its many talented ensembles.