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Although I’d imagine most of the people who regularly read my blog are already well aware of this event tonight, I figured it was worth it to put in a plug for these guys.

The High Street Jazz Band is a local band founded by my fraternity brother John Fitzmaurice.  They’re very much a dixieland inspired group, playing unique improv jazz, not in a concert setting, but on the streets.  Every weekend, these guys go out on High Street and form their own mini-parade from the campus down past the clubs and bars and back.  When they perform, they collect money, but rather than going into the performer’s pockets, it gets reinvested into the band, and otherwise invested into the community by donations to local organizations.

I am proud to say that three of the band members, John Fitzmaurice, Steve Sabino and Dr. Larry Schwab are Sinfonians.  It’s great to see how these guys advance The Object of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia through public performance of american music.

TONIGHT, HSJB is doing a special performance on the Mountainlair Free Speech Circle from 7pm-10pm, with the purpose of this performance to bring awareness and raise funds for arts in our community.  Money raised will be donated to Morgantown High School’s fine arts program.  This fundraising project is being coordinated by yet another Sinfonian (one of our newest, no less) Brian Roberts who will be joined tonight by several other brothers in his efforts to raise money.

They even got some pretty great press from the Daily Athenaeum, WVU’s campus newspaper.

SO, if you have the time, come out to the Mountainlair tonight and hear some great live music, and show YOUR support for the arts.

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“What’s it all about?”

It’s a question I’ve been getting a lot over the past few weeks as WVU’s chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia has started its recruiting push for the fall semester.

Phi Mu Alpha exists for music.

Or more specifically, according to a statement known to brothers nationwide as The Object:

The Object of this Fraternity shall be for the development of the best and truest fraternal spirit, the mutual welfare and brotherhood of musical students, the advancement of music in America, and a loyalty to the Alma Mater.

In essence, it’s not so much about the music as it is the musicians. Here at WVU, within our marching band, and the Division of Music as a whole, we have three of the major national music and band related organizations.  Kappa Kappa Psi exists as a service organization, they’re here to help the band, often doing the sorts of tasks that we had band parents for in high school.  I was thankful for band parents back then, and I am thankful for Kappa Kappa Psi now.  The other two organizations, Phi Mu Alpha and Sigma Alpha Iota are social, existing as ways for musicians to get together and be musicians.

But what does it mean for musicians to be musicians?  This question is, in my opinion at least, two fold.  Phi Mu Alpha offers musicians (not just music majors or band members, but musicians) the opportunity to take their passion for music deeper through a shared passion among its brothers.  We do this by performing together as part of various programs, including our philanthropy, the Mills Music Mission and several other things throughout the year.  At the same time though, it allows those same musicians to step away from the music for a bit, to take some time out of the week and share time with musicians without having to worry about next week’s field show, or next month’s juries.

The choice to pledge Phi Mu Alpha is a life decision, and if you’re passionate about music, it’s not one you will regret.  The choice to pledge here at WVU opens up a world of opportunity.  We’re looking for followers, but what we’re really looking for is leaders.  So if it sounds like something you’re interested in, talk to me or one of our brothers, we’re interested in hearing from you.

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