CSU hosts national symposium for band directors

The College Band Directors National Association’s 2015 National Collegiate Marching and Athletic Bands Symposium will be held at Colorado State University next week. Hosted by CSU Director of Bands Rebecca Phillips and Associate Director of Bands Richard Frey, the conference is scheduled for May 28-30 at the University Center for the Arts, with special activities held regionally. photo of bandThe College Band Directors National Association’s (CBDNA) Athletic Band Symposium is an annual gathering of the nation's collegiate athletic band directors for the purpose of sharing insights and information about the range of issues faced by directors and ensembles in the genre. The range of topics includes ideas related to performance, music and show design; travel and itinerary concerns; history and legacy; and marching band/pep band season logistics. “The most notable collegiate directors in the nation will get to see one of the top universities in the Mountain West Conference, and how we’re contributing to the collegiate athletic band experience,” said Phillips. “The wealth of collaboration and creative ideas from the nation’s top athletic band directors at this annual conference is phenomenal!” Social gatherings In addition to the formal presentations, the conference includes social opportunities where, historically, many of the same topics are discussed in smaller settings. “What makes this conference so special is that there is a genuine desire to share ideas and knowledge,” Frey said. “I know that every year I bring unique ideas back to our program here at CSU.” In order to host the conference, proposals from interested universities are submitted and examined during the conference, and upcoming locations are announced by the end of the week. The 2016 conference will be held at the University of Minnesota; the CBDNA Athletic Band Committee will select a host for the 2017 symposium. “We submitted a proposal that detailed our facilities, and what the conference would look like at CSU,” explained Frey. “This is the first time that a non-'Power 5' school is hosting the conference, and I'm excited to have so many great friends and colleagues coming from around the country to see our tremendous campus, and the Front Range!” Other activities In addition to presentations, workshops, and breakout sessions at the University Center for the Arts, conference activities for the nearly 200 athletic band directors include a golf tournament at Highland Meadows Golf Course, a reception at the Mayor of Old Town, a tour of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, and a banquet keynote given by Melyssa Mead, creative director at New Belgium Brewing Co. The ongoing growth of performing arts at Colorado State University continues to translate into exposure of the campus and community to new audiences. The CSU Marching Band will host the Colorado Bandmasters State Marching Band Competitions at Hughes Stadium for the fourth time this year. The Colorado Bandmasters Association Concert Band Festival has been held annually at the UCA since 2009, and state, regional, and national choral, orchestral, theatrical, and dance organizations have all utilized the UCA since its opening in 2008. CBDNA attendees will definitely get a taste of everything the CSU Marching Band, campus, and region has to offer, and have been encouraged to extend their stay by a day or two. “The bonus is that 200 directors get to see the beautiful CSU campus, and experience the wonders of the Rocky Mountain region,” Phillips said.

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Site preparation begins for on-campus stadium


Site preparation began today for the new multi-use stadium on the Colorado State University campus. A fence has been erected around the perimeter of the site, south of the intersection of Pitkin Street and Meridian Avenue. Inside that perimeter, crews will begin preparing the site for the start of construction by recycling concrete and asphalt from surface parking lots and continuing work related to utility planning. Construction will begin later this summer on the stadium, and a ceremonial groundbreaking to mark the beginning of the two-year building process will take place during the weekend of CSU’s Sept. 12 home game against Big Ten foe Minnesota. “This is an exciting step as we begin moving toward the start of construction for our new on-campus stadium,” said CSU Director of Athletics Joe Parker. “A great deal of vision, collaboration and hard work by the University and the community has brought us to this point. As we begin to see the site take shape, we will continue to be mindful of the impact of this and other construction projects taking place on our campus, and encourage everybody in our campus community to utilize the resources available to stay informed.” The recycled parking lot material will be used in construction of new parking 870-space parking lot slated to open in August on Research Drive, west of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Colorado State students, staff and faculty have a new interactive resource that will provide timely information on road and lot closures, detours and other information as the stadium and other campus-wide construction projects commence over the summer. Online information will be continuously updated on the Construction and Parking website. The site also offers a feedback form where thoughts and input about construction and parking can be offered for consideration. The Campus Construction and Parking News website contains detailed maps of outlining changes to available parking lots, as well as mass transit and other traffic flow resources for all who access the CSU campus. The new stadium is scheduled to open in time for the 2017 football season. Construction will take approximately two years to complete the new state-of-the-art on-campus stadium that will also house new offices and facilities for the Rams’ football program. The new facility will replace Hughes Stadium, which opened in 1968 and is located approximately three miles west of the CSU campus. “Having been involved in stadium projects in previous positions at Michigan, Oklahoma and Texas, I have seen the energy and excitement of a new or remodeled facility on-campus really galvanize people’s pride in their campus and their community,” Parker said. “We have a tremendous opportunity to make this an attraction that is positive for our university and our community, and to work together throughout the process.” Colorado State’s stadium website (www.stadium.colostate.edu) contains many more resources to inform the public about the stadium, including the latest renderings of the design, and a map of the stadium’s location. The site also contains answers to frequently asked questions and details on the funding source for the new stadium. The stadium is financed by investors and donors and does not rely on any funding from tuition or state funding. Bond payments will be made from stadium revenues and private donations. Bonds for the new stadium sold in less than 90 minutes on March 19, and certain series of bonds within the package were as much as three times oversubscribed. The total bond package delivered a true interest rate of 3.57 percent. The stadium website also contains a “Stadium Voices” section with videos featuring the perspectives of prominent figures from CSU Athletics, the University and the Fort Collins community.

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