Symphonic Band and University Chorale to perform
PHILIPPI, W.Va. – The Alderson Broaddus University School of Music announces its spring concert, featuring the Symphonic Band and the University Chorale on Friday April 22, 2016 at 7:30pm in Wilcox Chapel.  
The Symphonic Band is under the direction of Dr. Valarie Huffman and the University Chorale is under the direction of Lewis R. Hall. A wide variety of standard band and choral music will be presented. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information on the concert, please call (304) 457-6200.

AB Holds 18th Annual ‘Brass In the Grass’ Festival, April 23-24

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – The AB Brass of Alderson Broaddus University will hold its 18th Annual “Brass in the Grass” Festival Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24, 2016.

This year’s festival features two concerts; both will take place on the AB campus, each with its own entirely different repertoire, and admission is free. The first concert is Saturday evening, April 23 at 7:30 pm in Wilcox Chapel and the second is Sunday afternoon, April 24 at 3 pm. The Sunday afternoon concert will be outdoors on the plaza in front of Wilcox Chapel weather permitting. If weather conditions are not conclusive or the area is damp, it will be moved inside Wilcox. The public is invited to attend either or both concerts, and asked to bring a blanket or folding lawn chair for the Sunday afternoon concert if played outdoors.

This year’s event will have the highest turnout ever in terms of participants. While past years saw as many as 84 players, this year there will be a total of 108 performers on stage for the planned mass brass ensemble pieces. Other selections will feature smaller ensembles, some for this year’s current AB Brass membership, and others for alumni ensembles and mixed groups, small and large.

Among the performing participants will be 49 alumni and former members of the AB Brass, coming from as far away as Illinois, Texas, Alabama, and Canada. Five decades of alums will be represented, indicating the long-standing tradition of excellence in brass instrument performance and teaching at the College and subsequent University. Forty-two guest musicians will also perform, including several members of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Charleston, as well as area teachers, active performers, and several high school guests.

The concerts will include a wide variety of musical styles and several soloists (instrumental and vocal) will be featured. Works by noted brass composers such as Richard Strauss, Brian Balmages, Eric Ewazen, Anthony DiLorenzo, and James Stephenson will be performed, in addition to lighter jazz and traditional tunes, and marches.

The AB Brass has been under the direction of Dr. Timothy DeWitt, professor of music, since 1984. Mark your calendars for a great two days of brass music, and hopefully some afternoon time under sunny skies. Contact the School of Music at (304) 457-6200 for further information.


“Live. Live! LIVE!  Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.”

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – The Alderson Broaddus University School of Music proudly presents the musical “MAME” April 7-9 at 7:30 in Funkhouser Auditorium on the AB campus.
The show is about an orphaned boy who is sent to live with his free spirited Auntie Mame and the adventures they have in the 1920’s and 1930’s.  Filled with memorable songs, “Bosom Buddies”, “Mame”, and “Need a Little Christmas”; the show is sure to please young and old.  
Dorian and Rowan Cottrill (from Volga-Century Elementary) play the two children in the show; the rest of the cast is made up of AB students and faculty.  The production is directed by Assistant Professor of Music Lewis R. Hall.  
The production will take place three nights only: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 5-7, with each show beginning at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for general admission and all students, faculty and staff with a valid Alderson Broaddus University ID gets in FREE.

AB Sport Management Students Involved with Community

Program holds local events 
PHILIPPI, W.Va. – The Sport Management program at Alderson Broaddus University hosted their 2nd annual sit-volleyball event, on Sunday March 20, 2016. Sit-Volleyball is a Paralympic sport for disabled athletes also known as, Paralympic volleyball. The event was held in Rex Pyles Arena.
The Sport Management program would like to thank all of those who participated in this experience for their support of both the University and the Paralympic sport. Special thanks to Autumn Brown (2017) and Bobby Williams (2018) Physical Education students who helped educate participants on the rules and techniques of playing sit-volleyball. We would also like to congratulate team Two Ton Honeybuns consisting of members Shaun Greer, Logan Bauder, Hayden Crockett, Cory Beasy, and Jordan Butler on winning the 2nd Annual Sit Volleyball Tournament.  
The Sport Management program is partnering with New Vision Renewable Energy (http://www.nvre.org/index.html) and the Mentoring Youth in Leadership initiative to host a series of fun recreational activities during the spring months.  The next event is a Street Hockey and Gaga event taking place during AB’s “Do Good Weekend” on Friday April 8.  Registration begins at 7 P.M. and events start at 7:30 P.M.  Local youth and community members are invited to participate but youth must have a parent present for the entire event, which will take place near the Erickson Alumni Center.    
Anyone interested in participating or volunteering for any upcoming events stay tuned or please contact Assistant Professor of Sport Management, Lara Foster at 304-457-6236, AB Sport Management Interns, Aik Davis  amadii@battlers.ab.edu  D’Andre Nicholson  nicholsondr@battlers.ab.edu or Tim Wright wrighttm@battlers.ab.edu . For more updates on events from the Sport Management Department follow us on Twitter @ABSPMT.

Autumn Brown (Physical Education – 2017/Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete) teaching a team of Alderson Broaddus University students how to play sit-volleyball.