Coral Gables, Fla. — The University of Miami’s Intramural Fields, Henry Fillmore Hall at the Frost School of Music, and the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center come alive on August 11, 2015 with the arrival of 120 Frost Band of the Hour marching band students kicking off eleven days of pre-season music rehearsals known as Band Camp.
Under the leadership of Frost Director of Athletic Bands and Professor of Music Jay C. Rees, the Band of the Hour will participate in a rigorous schedule of physical, mental, creative, and musical exercises designed to collectively achieve the highest level of artistic expression in the athletic band medium. This is all in preparation for supporting the Hurricanes through their 2015 football season.
Rees has been directing band camps most of his professional career. He holds his students to high expectations. “Band Camp is an exciting and intense experience where we lay the foundation to be a great band,” he says, “My program is demanding, but my promise to students is that they will not only achieve excellence in performance, they will learn more about themselves, while having fun and making lifelong friendships in the process.”
UM Band Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. for eight consecutive days, followed by an additional three days of evening rehearsals. Members of the marching drumline, the Hurricanettes danceline, and color guard flag line start on August 11th. Brass and woodwind players join the auxiliary units on August 13th for full ensemble rehearsals. Band Camp ends on August 21st, followed by regular class rehearsals every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4 – 6 p.m. on the IM field throughout the fall semester.
The Band of the Hour makes its first official public appearance on August 24, 2015 at the Frost School’s annual “Famous First” rehearsal on the IM field from 4 – 6 p.m. The group will debut excerpts from Rees’ custom arranged show “ Rihanna,” along with drill formations choreographed by Rees and Douglas McCullough, Frost Assistant Director of Athletic Bands and Director of Marching Percussion.
In addition to Rees and McCullough, the Band of the Hour’s expert instructional staff includes Hurricanettes Director/Choreographer Natalie Chernow (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), award-winning Color Guard instructor Amy McCullough, and marching percussion instructor Michael Talarico (Santa Clara Vanguard), who joins the staff for his second year as a UM band camp invited clinician.
Returning UM graduate teaching assistants are Lee Seidner, M.M. ’15, who is now pursuing an Artist Diploma in clarinet performance at Frost, doctoral candidates Timothy Shade and Samantha Davis, M.M. ’15, as well as returning master’s student Taylor Yozwiak, who arranged the drumline parts for “ Rihanna” and is on the percussion staff for The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps.