Category: Athletic Bands
After weeks of preparation, the BU Marching Band premiered its 2014 show, “Ritmos de Fuego,” on September 27 and 28 to crowds in the Northeast. Our students traveled over 650 miles by bus to perform at two different shows for Fall Tour- Saturday, at New Milford High School in Connecticut as exhibition for a US Bands competition, and Sunday, at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Penn. for the 19th Annual Collegiate Marching Band Festival. Though the trip saw a venue change from recent years for the first stop, the different location meant that the band was able to sleep in an extra 4 hours before departure on Saturday, and still have plenty of rehearsal time in New Milford before the show. The first performance of the season took place that evening in Connecticut to a crowd of students, parents and marching band fans that made for the perfect first audience. We even had a BU musician that graduated from New Milford this past year, who received a warm welcome home and helped bring the groups a little closer.
Very early on Sunday morning, the band left a church in downtown New Milford after a wonderful breakfast from the band parents of the host school, and made their way to Allentown for a lunchtime performance. After a quick warm up in perfect fall weather, BU took the field for a second time that weekend and got the crowd clapping along to several sections of the Latin-themed show. We were also glad to hear and see many alumni of BU and the Marching Band in the crowd throughout the day!
The students spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying many other college bands and getting to see friends and family from all over, before taking the 6-hour trek back to BU through dinner and into the late evening. Though it was a long and packed weekend, the musicians got a few great performances of the show, and came back to BU closer and more prepared for another month of fun-filled performances!
To hear from some of the student musicians, and see what it’s like to be on Fall Tour first-hand, check out the wrap-up video below.
Boston University Athletic Bands is proud to have two new, talented graduate assistants this year. These gentlemen will be teaching the BU Marching Band and conducting the BU Pep Band at home and away, all while working towards their Masters degree in Music at Boston University.
Steven Fulginiti, a native of Roxbury, NJ, is currently pursuing a masters degree in tuba performance at Boston University after graduating from BU in 2014 with a bachelors in music education. During his time at BU, he performed at Symphony Hall with the Boston University Symphony Orchestra, played in the BU Wind Ensemble, and performed in various chamber groups. He studied tuba with Ken Amis (Empire Brass) and Mike Roylance (Boston Sympony Orchestra), and studied abroad at the Royal College of Music in London. Steven also interned at three Boston area public schools and did his student teaching at Wellesley Middle School and Wellesley High School teaching every level of band, general music, and music technology. He conducted the Wellesley Concert Band at the MICCA Festival in April of 2014. Some other hobbies Steven has include disc golf, ultimate, biking, swimming, hiking, and baking. He’s a big baseball fan and roots for New York sports teams (Mets and Giants).
Jason Saetta is a woodwind performer and educator from Rochester, NY. He graduated from Ithaca College with his Bachelor’s in Music Education in 2011 under the instruction of Steven Mauk. The next year, he traveled as the saxophonist for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey’s Circus until he accepted a position in St. Johnsbury, Vermont as the band director of the St. Johnsbury Elementary and Middle School. During this time, he also taught as an adjunct music theory professor at Lyndon State College. Jason is currently earning his Masters in Music Education at Boston University.
The BU Marching Band had a successful camp out at Tanglewood last
week, where members learned songs for the 2014 show Ritmos De
Fuego. The band put music to drill and
began compiling all of the elements needed for the show’s Opener.
Everyone worked hard and new members are doing great, and the show
will continue to be refined when rehearsal starts on the first day of
classes. A fun and productive Band Camp for everyone!
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Open House / Rehearsal:
Saturday, November 9th 1-6pm BU Band Room
(300 Babcock St., entrance 100-yards down Ashford St. side of building)
This ensemble is open to the entire BU community and to college-aged students from the greater Boston area who currently do not have a similar ensemble at their school.
There are NO AUDITIONS to get in – but we will most likely place you in the role that best suits your experience and ability.
Please complete this web form if you are interested in joining the BU Winter Percussion Ensemble. We will then contact you with more details.
The Boston University Winter Percussion Ensemble is focusing its efforts on becoming a consistent performing presence around Boston and on the BU campus during the 2013-2014 academic year. The BUWPE has already become a “fan favorite” at select BU hockey and basketball games, where the group has performed to standing ovations and sell-out crowds in and around the Agganis Arena. Notable performances around the Boston area include events such as the New England Patriots’ private 2005 Super Bowl Ring ceremony, performing on “The Wheel of Fortune” during taping in Boston, and performing at “College Night at Fenway Park” for a Red Sox game in 2012.
The 2013-2014 ensemble will consist of multiple performing units geared toward providing a fun, high-energy, and rigorous performance experience for all members. Expect performances from the full percussion ensemble, from the drumline and front ensembles separately, and from mixed-up, smaller “break out” ensembles that will feature a wide variety of percussion theater-centric performance opportunities (think “STOMP” or “Blue Man Group”).
Join the BUWPE today…you won’t want to miss out on this exciting opportunity!
The ensemble is currently endorsed by Vic Firth, Zildjian, and Remo.
Featuring Music From:
The Bourne Identity
And other great films of the genre….
THE ROSTERS BELOW WILL BE UPDATED BASED ON MEMBERS’ RESPONSE TO THE “BEANPOT EARLY GAME SIGN-UP” WEB FORM, BUT THE TIMES LISTED REMAIN THE SAME.