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Four Members of FAU Band Selected for 2013 National Intercollegiate Band

BOCA RATON, Fla. (May 28, 2013) – Four students from the band program in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters have been selected as members of the 2013 National Intercollegiate Band. This nationwide program is held every two years, with applicants from all over the country. The 75 participants are selected through a rigorous screening process that requires each applicant to submit an audition recording, which then is blind screened by a panel of professional conductors. This year marks the most FAU students ever admitted to the National Intercollegiate Band, with just one being selected in both 2009 and 2011.

            The FAU students that were selected include Taiki Azuma (saxophone), Jessica Esposito (flute), Kyle Mechmet (saxophone) and Dylan Sanchez (clarinet). There were also three other members selected to be alternates. These include Jack Hernadez (percussion), Allison Riling (clarinet) and Dana Barker (trumpet).

“I am very proud of these students,” said Kyle Prescott, FAU director of bands. “Their accomplishments do a great deal to spread the word of FAU’s program to the national level, and serve as a good indicator of the strong state of the FAU program in comparison to our own past, as well as to the rest of the nation today.”

            The National Intercollegiate Band has provided the music world with the most talented of collegiate band members since it first began in 1933. This year’s ensemble, to be conducted by Anthony Maiello, will give the world premiere of a work composed for this occasion by John Mackey, one of the biggest names in the world of modern band music. The will perform in Springfield, Massachusetts in late July.

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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