VIC FIRTH SPOTLIGHT:
AUBURN UNIVERSITY MARCHING BAND DRUMLINE

For over a century, the Auburn University Marching Band has captivated audiences across the nation with spectacular performances. Whether marching before the home crowd or away, the Auburn Band has attained a position of national distinction and a reputation for excellence second to none.

The Auburn University Marching Band has built an international reputation for its precise, entertaining, and colorful performances on the field, unyielding and spirited support for its sports teams, and prideful ambassadorship for Auburn University. The marching band was named the 2004 recipient of the Sudler Intercollegiate Marching Band Trophy, the nation’s highest and most coveted award for college and university marching bands. With 380 members, the current marching band is the largest in university history. The band recently performed at the 2011 BCS National Championship Game and the 2011 Southeastern Conference Championship Game. Other recent appearances include the 2010 Outback Bowl, the 2007 Chick-fil-a Bowl, and the 2008 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. The band was one of only six collegiate marching bands selected by ESPN to participate in its 2008 Battle of the Bands promotion.

Throughout its history, one of the primary goals of the Auburn University Marching Band has been to foster the Auburn Spirit. With more than thirty performances and exhibitions starting early in the fall and extending through the bowl season, the Auburn Band does exactly that.

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Ralph Hardimon (SRH)
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Crafted in hickory for durability, lightning-fast maneuverability and a superior rim shot timbre. Produces very big and dark sound.
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Multi-Application Keyboard
Hard yarn marimba mallet with full tone and excellent clarity in the upper half of the instrument. Synthetic core; birch shafts.
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The Auburn University Band Staff:

Dr. Rick Good – Director of Bands, Professor of Music

Dr. Corey Spurlin – Marching Band Director, Associate Director of Bands, Assistant Professor of Music

Dr. Doug Rosener – Assistant Professor of Percussion, Assistant Director of Bands

Find out more about
the Auburn Marching Band here:

The Auburn University Marching Band website

   


About
Dr. DOUG ROSENER

Doug Rosener received his Bachelors degree in Music Education from Penn State University, his Masters in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas, and his Doctorate in Percussion Performance from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He has performed with many professional orchestras including the Altoona Symphony, the Boulder Philharmonic, the Sinfonia of Colorado, the Colorado Ballet Company Orchestra, The Colorado Springs Symphony, and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. While at North Texas he performed with such artists as Trilok Gurtu, Airto, and Chad Wackerman. Dr. Rosener has recorded CDs with the North Texas Wind Symphony, North Texas Chamber Players, the Colorado Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and has been a regular drummer with several professional musical theater companies. He was also a member of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in 1987, 1988, and 1990.

Dr. Rosener's previous appointments include Director of Percussion Studies at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and as Interim Director of Percussion Studies at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. He has also served as battery caption head of the Blue Knights WGI percussion ensemble from Denver, Colorado, winning three world championships and three second place finishes in six years. Several of Dr. Rosener's percussion ensemble compositions and arrangements have been published through Drop6 Publications, and he continues to remain active as a percussion composer/arranger, clinician, and judge for High Schools and Universities throughout the United States. Dr. Rosener is an Artist/Clinician for Vic Firth and Sabian.


About Dr. COREY SPURLIN

Corey Spurlin serves as Associate Director of Bands, Marching Band Director, and Assistant Professor of Music at Auburn University. In addition to his work with the Sudler-winning Auburn Marching Band and Pep Band, Dr. Spurlin conducts the Concert Band, Campus Band, and is associate conductor of the Symphonic Band. He also teaches courses in wind band literature, and marching band techniques. Under his direction, the Auburn University Marching Band, with 380 students, has the largest membership in university history and has performed at the Southeastern Conference Championship Game and the BCS National Championship Game, as well as the Chick-fil-a Bowl, the Outback Bowl, and overseas at the world’s most famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. The band finished third in ESPN’s 2008 national “Battle of the Bands” promotion.

In addition to his work at Auburn, Dr. Spurlin serves as the Alabama State Chair for the National Band Association. He is active throughout the U.S. as a conducting and marching band clinician and adjudicator, and he has written marching band drills for university and high school bands throughout the United States, including Auburn University, Purdue University, LSU, and the University of Alabama. He was recently published in Volume 8 of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band and he is a contributing author and research associate for the popular marching band textbook The System by Gary Smith. In addition, Dr. Spurlin serves as the head drill design clinician and lecturer at the Smith Walbridge Camps at Eastern Illinois University and he recently served as head clinician and guest lecturer at the University of Akron Marching Band Workshop in Akron, Ohio. Dr. Spurlin is a member of the National Band Association, College Band Director’s National Association, Music Educator’s National Conference, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Alpha Epsilon Lambda; and he is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi.

Prior to his appointment at Auburn, Spurlin received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting from Louisiana State University, where he studied with Frank B. Wickes, and the Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in music education from the University of Alabama. He served as a Graduate Assistant for the Band Department at LSU where he assisted with the Tiger Marching Band and conducted the “Bengal Brass” Pep Band. In addition, he was Graduate Associate Conductor of the LSU Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, and Symphonic Band. Previously, he served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Alabama where, in 2002-2003, he was Acting Assistant Director for the Marching Band and conductor of the Alabama Symphonic Band. In addition, he served as conductor of the Alabama Men’s Basketball Band for six years. Before pursuing his advanced degrees, Dr. Spurlin was Director of Bands at Tuscaloosa County High School in Northport, Alabama and Tuscaloosa Middle School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


About
Dr. RICK GOOD

Rick Good was promoted to Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Conducting in 2007. Prior to that promotion he served from 1995 as Marching Band Director and Associate Professor of Low Brass at Auburn University. Under his direction the Auburn University Marching Band received national acclaim. The marching band?s membership grew from 275 to 375, the largest marching band in the history of Auburn University, during his tenure as director, and in 2004, the AU Marching Band received the Sudler Trophy Award, the nation’s highest and most coveted award for college and university marching bands. In January of 2005, the band was selected by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to attend the Inaugural Parade of George W. Bush. In 2006, the band was selected as one of the top ten marching bands in the country featured at the LSU Hall of Fame Museum entitled “America’s Finest University Marching Bands.”

In addition to success on the marching field, members of Dr. Good’s low brass applied studio have earned numerous awards and competitions, including the Blanca Renard Award, the Tamblyn Scholarship, and competitions with the International Tuba Euphonium Conference and the Music Teachers National Association. His low brass students have also earned faculty and instrumental music directing positions at major universities, including the University of Michigan and Mississippi State University, and teaching assistantships at universities such as Arizona State University, University of Texas-Austin, Notre Dame, University of Iowa, Florida State University, and the University of Alabama.

In addition to overseeing the successful development of all university bands, as Director of Bands, Dr. Good?s current duties include conducting the Auburn University Symphonic band, the university’s top performing instrumental ensemble and the AU Wind Ensemble, a smaller select group that features soloists and sections in unique musical opportunities. He also teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in conducting as well as wind literature.

Before coming to Auburn, Dr. Good was the Acting Associate Director of Bands for one year at Arizona State University, where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Euphonium Performance. In addition to serving as a graduate teaching assistant at ASU, he was also a teaching assistant at Louisiana State University, where he earned a Master of Music Degree in Wind Conducting. Dr. Good received his Bachelors degree in Music Education from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania, and during his entire academic career, he had the opportunity to study with nationally-renowned names in conducting and low-brass performance, such as Richard Strange, Frank Wickes, Donald Stanley, Sam Pilafian, Dan Perantoni, and Larry Campbell.

Dr. Good taught for seven years in the public schools of Pennsylvania and Virginia. The ensembles, under his direction, have performed at state music conventions and have received numerous superior ratings at state and national band festivals. Dr. Good also served on the summer brass and conducting faculty for five years at the prestigious Blue Lake International Fine Arts Camp in Michigan while teaching at Auburn University.

Dr. Good has received many honors and awards. In 2006, he was named the Co-Director of the Macy’s All-American Marching Band, working collaboratively with Jon Woods from The Ohio State University. In June of 2003, Dr. Good served as the Executive Musical Director of the Alabama Ambassadors of Music, which consisted of highly talented high school and college vocal and instrumental musicians who embarked on a sixteen-day musical tour of seven European countries. He has been honored with the College of Liberal Arts Teaching Effectiveness Award in Fine Arts and named a Faculty Honoree by the Cardinal Key Honor Society at Auburn. Presently, he is a member of the National Band Association’s Board of Directors and serves as Marching Band Executive Chairman. Dr. Good holds various memberships in national and international organizations and is active as a freelance musician and an adjudicator throughout the United States, Mexico, Caribbean, and Europe.



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