The University of Arizona band department is hosting the 59th Annual Band Day at Arizona Stadium. The Southwest’s finest marching bands will participate in this exciting all-day event. The Pride of Arizona Marching Band, under the direction of Jay C. Rees, associate director of bands and director of athletic bands, will also present two performances. This year’s event features bands from across Arizona, Texas and New Mexico, ranging in size from 30 to more than 250 members. The performance order of each band is determined by the group’s relative size, starting from the smallest in the morning to the largest in the evening.
Each band is evaluated by a panel of expert judges from around the nation in a number of categories including visual execution, musical presentation and overall performance. The groups receive ratings, and any band that is deemed by the judges as deserving of such recognition will receive the prestigious Nunamaker Award. Approximately 10,000 to 15,000 spectators attend Band Day yearly. The morning and afternoon sessions will end with an exhibition performance by the University of Arizona’s own Pride of Arizona Marching Band, directed by Jay C. Rees. This year’s electrifying performance features the music of the Radiohead.