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McNeese hosts band hall opening and fundraiser

McNeese hosts band hall opening and fundraiser

McNeese State University will host a grand opening reception and a silent auction fundraiser for the newly renovated Band Hall from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, to raise funds to send the Pride of McNeese Band and the Cowgirl Kickers to the McNeese vs. University of South Florida football game Sept. 1.

Tickets are $10 per person and will include hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, live music and the silent auction. Tickets can be purchased at the McNeese Athletics Ticket Office and the Department of Performing Arts Office, Room 204, Shearman Fine Arts Annex. 

"I see this trip to the USF game as both an opportunity to support our Cowboys football team far from home, and as a tremendous retention and recruiting opportunity for the university in general," said Dr. Jay Jacobs, conductor of university bands. "It is important for the band and danceline to perform in this kind of venue - Raymond James Stadium is the home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers - when the opportunity arises every few years."

Recruiting is a constant battle, according to Jacobs, and the band area works very hard recruiting students of all academic majors to McNeese. "This trip is something we can reference when recruiting future McNeese students, especially when they are comparing us to other regional universities."

He said the marching band has performed at more than 25 high school recruiting/exhibition performances in the last six years and has grown by almost 50 percent. "While our students will certainly enjoy this trip, they are ultimately representing McNeese on a national level. They are extremely visible ambassadors of the university, and for that reason, deserve these kinds of opportunities." 

The Band Rehearsal Hall was built in 1982. It was completely gutted in April 2012 for this $1.7 million project that reconfigured the space that includes practice studios, the large ensemble room, storage areas for equipment and uniforms and faculty offices. The renovations also included improvements to the acoustics, lighting, heating and air conditioning units and ADA improvements. 

Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at cdo@mcneese.edu.