LSU Department of Bands, School of Music to Host Annual Tigerama Concert Oct. 7 at Pete Maravich Assembly Center
If you were to ask the tens of thousands who attend each LSU Tiger home football game and the millions of LSU students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans around the world, many would likely tell you that the “Golden Band from Tigerland” is arguably the heartbeat of the university.
For the past 30 years, Tigerama has served as an end-of-season tribute to the LSU football program. This year, “The Golden Band from Tiger Land” will host the annual event the evening before the Tiger football team faces the Florida Gators in Tiger Stadium.
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From their lively march down Victory Hill and into Tiger Stadium to their famous pre-game performance before the Tigers take the field and inspiring rendition of the university’s Alma Mater at each game, the LSU Tiger Band, Golden Girls and Colorguard have entertained millions of LSU fans as they perform before, during and after football games, as well as other special events locally, nationally and abroad.
For the past 30 years, one of those special events has showcased not only Tiger Band’s musical prowess, but the overall outstanding musical talent that the LSU Department of Bands has to offer.
On Friday, Oct. 7, LSU fans will once again have a chance to marvel at this display, as the Department of Bands will present this year’s annual Tigerama concert at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, which begins at 8 p.m.
Tigerama is a special concert event held to celebrate not only the current LSU Tiger football season, but also highlight the many talented musical and performance ensembles that are a part of the LSU Department of Bands. The evening includes performances by the LSU Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds and Tiger Band, featuring the Golden Girls and Colorguard.
“Tigerama is a great way to see the best of Tiger Band, as well as a great recruiting tool for our department,” LSU Director of Athletic Bands Roy King said.
The award-winning LSU Tiger Marching Band is the largest and most visible single organization on campus, with a closed membership of 325 students. Recognized nationally for its outstanding achievements by the John Philip Sousa Foundation in 2002, Tiger Band is comprised of students from all over the LSU campus. Approximately 80 percent of Tiger Band members are majoring outside of music. Among the many famous Tiger Band alumni are composers H. Owen Reed, the late J. Clifton Williams, Hollywood film music composer Bill Conti and Emmy award-winning composer Julie Giroux.
“LSU’s School of Music and Tiger Band have helped shape the careers of musicians across the globe,” said Tigerama 2011 Executive Director Pamela Matassa, who also serves as director of community relations and special projects for the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts. “Many of our students and alumni have performed on stages locally and internationally. Locally, our own Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra is filled with current or former students and faculty. Also, many of our local and state leaders and public figures are Tiger Band alums. The reach that this university’s music programs have is truly immense.”
The LSU Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds groups will also perform during Tigerama.
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The Tiger Band represents LSU in a variety of ways. In addition to regular season and post-season television broadcasts, it has made appearances in Mardi Gras parades, at NFL games, at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, high school marching festivals and in the 1988 Warner Brothers film, “Everybody’s All-American.” Earlier this year, the LSU Golden Girls performed in Hong Kong as part of the Chinese New Year celebration.
“When people think of LSU, they often think of Tiger Band,” King said. “It’s the visual, the sound, the emotion and the pride that Tiger Band conveys. We’re ambassadors of the university. We want people everywhere to enjoy our performances, and also want prospective students with an interest in music to know that they can be a part of that and more by coming to LSU for their collegiate education.”
Matassa said that this year’s Tigerama will feature some differences from those in prior years, including a move in date and a return to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
“Tigerama began as a recruiting tool to showcase the Tiger Band to promising high school students, so that they may choose LSU for their university experience,” Matassa said, “However, over the past few years, it has morphed into both a recruiting event as well as a fundraiser. This year, it will serve in both capacities in a way it never has before.”
As always, proceeds from the Tigerama auction, reception and concert will be dedicated to help fund scholarships for Tiger Band as well as the LSU School of Music. However, with recent university budget cuts leading to the loss of vital scholarship funding, this year’s Tigerama event takes on an even more important meaning.
While Tiger Band receives up to $1.2 million a year in funding from LSU Athletics, those funds do not cover the 325 Tiger Band scholarships or the full tuition waivers given by the LSU School of Music to top music students from around the world.
“We’re certainly grateful for the help LSU Athletics gives us,” Matassa said. “With much of our scholarship funding now gone, we are hoping that all the Tiger Band and LSU fans will come out to Tigerama and show their support for our outstanding musicians and music programs.”
Proceeds from Tigerama will be dedicated to help fund scholarships for Tiger Band as well as the LSU School of Music. This year’s event holds a special meaning, with recent university budget cuts leading to the loss of vital scholarship funding.
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To organize such an endeavor, this year’s Tigerama was organized by committee made up of university and community leaders who believe in the success of the university’s bands and realize that LSU’s music reaches far beyond Tiger Stadium.
“This is the first time we’ve had a committee of this magnitude to organize Tigerama,” Matassa said. “We brought in numerous people both inside and outside of the university, all with the common bonds of Tiger Band and the School of Music. We’ve held multiple meetings, which have led to great ideas and efforts. Together, this committee has worked very hard to put together what we feel will be an outstanding Tigerama experience.”
Prior to the Tigerama concert, a special VIP silent auction event will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. The auction will include but is not limited to special LSU collectibles.
“There will be some great items available during the auction,” Matassa said. “This includes Tiger Band memorabilia, LSU athletics items and much more. It’s a great opportunity to take home some wonderful LSU keepsakes, while also helping to support the excellent music programs we have here at LSU.”
Some of the items that will be part of the silent auction include:
• A Tiger Band game day experience for two during the Nov. 25 final regular season game against Arkansas in Tiger Stadium. The package includes access to watch band game day practice, eating pre-game and halftime meals with the band, walking down Victory Hill with the band and sitting with the band during the game.
• A framed LSU Blue Dog painting by artist George Rodrigue.
• An original painting by local artist Christopher Turner, which was created while on the sideline of the Tigers’ game against Kentucky on Oct. 1.
• A drum head used during a game in the 2011 season, signed by LSU Head Football Coach Les Miles.
LSU’s School of Music and Tiger Band have helped shape the careers of musicians worldwide. Many School of Music students and alumni have performed locally and internationally.
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• A 2011 Tiger Band drum major hat, pair of conducting gloves and mace used by current Drum Major Chase Howard.
• An authentic Golden Girls uniforms for girls age 3-8.
• An authentic framed Golden Girls uniform.
• A New Orleans Saints Super Bowl championship football and case.
• A dinner package for six at Ruffino’s Italian Restaurant in Baton Rouge.
• Two seats at a cooking class with Ruffino’s Executive Chef Peter Sclafani.
• An LSU tailgate package, courtesy of Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar.
• Three framed “LSU National Championship Legends” paintings by artist Jimmy Mackey.
• An opportunity to be a guest coach for LSU Lady Tiger home basketball game during the 2011-12 season. The winner and a guest will join the team in the locker room for pre-game strategy and halftime, and will watch the game from two of the best seats in the arena.
A $100 VIP ticket includes pre-event entrance, access to the silent auction, complimentary catering, live musical entertainment, pictures with members of the Golden Girls and reserved “front and center” stadium seating.
“A VIP ticket gets you right down on the floor with the performers,” Matassa said. “How often can you say that you were right up front when Tiger Band performed?”
For the past 31 years, Tigerama had been held to celebrate the close of football season with sights and sounds fans have come to know and love.
However, this year’s event has been moved up to the day before the top-ranked Tigers face Southeastern Conference rival Florida, in what many feel is the Tigers’ biggest home game this season.
The award-winning LSU Tiger Marching Band is the largest and most visible single organization on campus, with a closed membership of 325 students. Recognized nationally for its outstanding achievements, Tiger Band is comprised of students from all over the LSU campus. Approximately 80 percent of Tiger Band members are majoring outside of music.
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What better way to celebrate than with a tailgate party?
Dress for this year’s Tigerama event will be “tailgate attire,” Matassa said. Also, because the game against Florida will be the university’s “Gold Game,” where Tiger fans are asked to wear gold to the game as a sign of solidarity, those who attend Tigerama are also invited to wear gold.
“We’re looking at making this Tigerama concert the biggest tailgate party of the season, before the biggest game so far this season, with the best music possible for an outstanding cause,” Matassa said. “It’s going to be an event you don’t want to miss.”
Tickets for Tigerama are available for purchase online at www.lsutigerama.com, at the LSU Athletics Ticket Office, the Lod Cook Alumni Center and at any Baton Rouge location of Benny’s Car Wash & Oil Change. General admission seating cost is $20, with a special $5 ticket price for elementary, high school and college students. Also, Benny’s Car Wash & Oil Change will be giving away a free car wash service for each Tigerama ticket sold.
To learn more about the LSU Department of Bands, visit www.bands.lsu.edu.
More information on the LSU School of Music can be found at www.music.lsu.edu.