DuBOIS — It’s not everyday a college band marches through the DuBois area let alone performs.
But Friday, the Eastern Michigan University Marching Band will be giving a special performance for the public and the DuBois Area High School Marching Band beginning at 8 p.m. at Mansell Stadium on Liberty Boulevard in DuBois.
There will be no cost for anyone to attend the performance by the 208-member marching band, DAHS band Director Tom Hiravi said.
In a previously-published Courier-Express article, Superintendent J. Mark Heckman said the band was planning to pass through the area on its way to play at Penn State University Sept. 7 and would like to stop in DuBois to work with the DAHS band the Friday night before the game.
“They (EMU band) contacted me about using our stadium for a rehearsal,” Hiravi said. “In return for using the facilities, they are going to give a performance.”
After the performance, the university band is going to talk to DAHS marching band students about various band-related topics such as what it’s like to be in a college band and the traveling involved, Hiravi said.
Amy Knopps is the conductor of the Eastern Michigan University Marching Band, which has a long tradition of musical and entertainment excellence and represents nearly every major on its Ypsilanti, Mich., campus, according to its website. The band has a rich 119-year history of serving EMU at athletic functions, parades and events.
The EMU Marching Band performs for all home football games; participates in Homecoming, Band Night and Family Day activities; performs exhibitions at area and national marching band festivals and competitions; and travels to one or two away games each year.