The News Sentinel recently highlighted the Pride of the Southland Band and its preparations ahead of this fall’s football season. The band will march under Interim Director Don Ryder. The band also has a few surprises for fans during the season opener against Utah State on August 31. Read the full story here.
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Music students at UT will learn on only the best pianos in the world at a new facility that now bears the international mark of music excellence. The School of Music is officially an All-Steinway School, thanks to the successful completion of an initiative to raise more than $3.5 million to purchase sixty-eight new Steinway & Sons pianos to either replace or add to its existing inventory. The university joins an elite group of institutions worldwide that have the All-Steinway status.
There are no 7-foot music room grand pianos left at the Steinway & Sons factories in New York and Hamburg, Germany. In fact, it could also be several weeks before any K-52 vertegrande pianos are available, thanks to the University of Tennessee. The delivery of the pianos to UT will complete the university’s privately financed
With a new building in the works, plans to equip it with the world’s best pianos, and a new director on the job, there’s a new song playing for UT’s School of Music. Jeffrey Pappas began work August 1 as the school’s new director. Among his priorities will be getting the new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center up and running and promoting the School of Music’s Steinway initiative, which is integral to the university’s mission of becoming a Top 25 public research institution.