ALUMNI REUNION BAND A SUCCESS!
On April 26, 2008, alumni of the UM Wind Ensemble gathered
to share music and memories at the 2008 Alumni Reunion Band, organized by Dr.
Joseph P. Ardovino, Director of Bands at UM.
The Alumni Reunion Band was directed by Mr. Spencer Shaw.
Mr. Shaw was the Director of Bands at UM from 1975-1988. He also served the
University for many years as the trombone instructor.
During the day, alumni rehearsed under Mr. Shaw’s baton in
preparation for the evening concert. While enjoying well-deserved breaks, the
alumni were able to catch up with each other and reminisce. During the
afternoon break, participants were treated to refreshments courtesy of Art’s
At 6:00 p.m., the alumni were joined by some of their
favorite retired UM professors at a banquet in Anna Irvin Dining Hall. Special
guests at dinner included Dr. Philip Williams, UM President, who gave the
opening remarks; Dr. John W. Stewart, former UM Music Department Chair and UM
President, who gave a thoughtful address on the history of the Music Department;
Dr. Joseph and Dr. Lori Ardovino, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Shaw, Dr. and Mrs. Ed
Robertson, Dr. and Mrs. Ovide DeLage, Dr. Robert Cowan, Dr. and Mrs. Robert
Wright, and Dr. and Mrs. Martin Cochran. Several alumni took the microphone and
told entertaining stories about their time at UM. The menu was delicious, and
everyone lingered after dinner taking photos and visiting with old friends.
The evening ended with a concert in the newly-renovated
Palmer Auditorium. The program included a stellar performance by the Spring
2008 UM Wind Ensemble directed by Dr. Joseph P. Ardovino. After a brief
intermission, a group of alumni entertained the crowd with a few jazz
selections. To close the evening, the Alumni Reunion Band gave their concert.
The program was varied and fun, and included Lassus Trombone with a nod
to the nine trombone players in the back of the ensemble!
Pictures from the Alumni Reunion Band can be viewed online
(and prints can be ordered!) at
http://www1.snapfish.com/groups/montevalloband/cobrandOid=1000. Everyone, participants,
organizers, and special guests, thoroughly enjoyed the Alumni Reunion Band and
look forward to the next time we can reunite!