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Join the Stampede of Mustang Spirit

Jazzy new Mustang Band Hall to be dedicated

SMU Band Hall Dedication

Band Hall at SMU

DALLAS (SMU) – With a blast of horns and a rolling drumbeat, the new Mustang Band Hall will be dedicated at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19. 

Five times larger than its previous space, the new band hall features an expanded rehearsal hall, enhanced practice rooms and an outdoor performance plaza designed to showcase SMU's traditional hub of campus spirit, the Mustang Band.

“A major part of SMU’s mission is to provide our students with a well-rounded collegiate experience, including opportunities for personal development in first-rate facilities," said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “The new Mustang Band Hall is a great example of a facility that enables band members to strengthen their talent, form lifelong friendships and embrace traditions. I am grateful to the many donors who helped provide this new facility for the Mustang Band."

More than 1,250 band alumni, supporters and friends contributed funds to build the $3 million, 11,000-square-foot Mustang Band Hall, located at the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports on the southeast edge of campus near Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Moody Coliseum and the new Residential Commons complex. 

The new rehearsal hall accommodates a 150-member band, enabling the current 88-member band to expand its membership. 

New individual and ensemble practice rooms, instrument storage areas and offices create spaces for band members and leaders to hone the Mustang Band's unique jazz sound.

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September 17, 2014

DALLAS (SMU) – Glow sticks, music by the SMU Mustang Band and shining cupolas will light up the campus Sept. 19, at Friday Night Stampede, a block party celebrating 100 years of SMU spirit. 

SMU students, alumni, families and friends are invited to an evening of fun and festivities before SMU football's first home game against Texas A&M on Saturday.

SMU cheerleaders and Peruna will be on hand to welcome fans to the stampede on Mustang Mall, located east of Westcott Field between the Doak Walker Plaza and the Mustangs sculpture. The evening also features food trucks, giveaways and special recognition of student and alumni donors. Mustangs and friends are encouraged to wear red SMU spirit wear. Free parking is available in Moody and Binkley garages.

7 p.m. Dedication of new Mustang Band Hall: Five times larger than its previous space, the new band hall features an expanded rehearsal hall, enhanced practice rooms and an outdoor performance plaza designed to showcase SMU's traditional hub of campus spirit, the Mustang Band.

7:30 p.m. Block Party: Face painting, food trucks, pompoms, popsicles, popcorn, Peruna, glow sticks, music and plenty of Mustang spirit will be available.

8:30 p.m. Mustang Band Concert and pep rally at Doak Walker Plaza: Celebrate the Mustang Band's unique jazz sound and cheer on the Mustang football team before the first home game.

8:45 p.m. Ceremonial cupola lighting at Armstrong Commons and Laura Lee Blanton Building; student and alumni donor recognition: Two campus cupolas will be lit for the first time, the beginning of a new campus celebratory tradition. In addition, alumni and student donors who have joined the 2014-15 Mustang Stampede will be honored.

The Mustang Stampede is SMU’s opportunity during The Second Century Campaign to set a new record for alumni giving and join the elite company of only 25 schools with both a top-60 U.S. News ranking and an undergraduate alumni giving rate higher than 25 percent. To meet the Stampede goal, SMU is seeking 13,625 alumni donors by May 31, 2015. 

For more information, visit http://blog.smu.edu/community/2014/08/07/mustang-stampede-2014/.

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