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Spartan marching band to take the field at Manchester in 2020

High school students who love marching band will have an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of the marching band at Manchester University starting in fall 2020.

The new Spartan Pride Marching Band is available to current and prospective students. 

“We feel that the band will draw students interested in a wide variety of majors and other musical pursuits,” said Assistant Professor Scott Humphries, director of the marching band. He is director of instrumental studies and music education at MU.

Prospective students interested in becoming founding members can fill out an inquiry form, http://bestself.manchester.edu/marching/inquiryform. Current students may contact Humphries.

Scott HumphriesHe is the 2020 Outstanding Collegiate Music Educator in Indiana.

Humphries is no stranger to university-level marching band. Humphries served as graduate assistant with the Marching Virginians under David McKee at Virginia Tech, where he received a Master of Arts in Education degree in music curriculum and instruction. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music education from Boston University.

Humphries conducts the University bands, Manchester Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Area Community Band and the MU Black and Gold Attack pep band.

Funds to launch the marching band are the result of a generous donation from John and Carol Zeglis. John Zeglis chairs the Board of Trustees.

“The marching band is part of continuing efforts to enrich the student experience at Manchester, and donors often play a large role in allowing us to move forward in new directions,” said President Dave McFadden.

For example, a game-changing gift from 1969 alumnus Dr. Jane Henney and her husband Dr. Robert Graham has opened up possibilities in the Harry H. Henney ’35 and Jeanette Henney Department of Education to allow for fellowships, collaborations, research, off-campus study, trauma-informed teaching, methods and practice of progressive education, and exploration of ethics, social justice and civil rights in education.

To learn more about Manchester, prospective students may email admitinfo@manchester.edu or call 800-852-3648. The University offers opportunities for prospective students to visit all year round, including visits designed specifically for those interested in music.

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About Manchester
With campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., Manchester University offers more than 70 areas of academic study to 1,400 students in undergraduate programs,a Master of Accountancy, a Master of Science in pharmacogenomics, a Master of Athletic Training a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a four-year dual degree in pharmacy and pharmacogenomics. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu

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Manchester University respects the infinite worth of every individual and graduates persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition.

January 2020