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John T. Madden | Spartan Marching Band

Event Description

Currently in his 26th year as Director of the Spartan Marching Band, John Madden recalls a “30-year” snapshot (he performed in the band as a 4-year member of the trumpet section) of one of the world’s great ensembles. Discussion and reflection on the first 10-member Michigan Agricultural College military band, to today’s modern 300-member “Big Ten” marching band, Professor Madden will take us behind the scenes in a rare look at the bands’ culture, performance practice, student life, organizational make up, attachment to MSU Athletics, and their prestigious fit in the MSU College of Music.

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