- The Auburn Knights Alumni Association (AKAA) will be celebrating 82 years of Auburn Knights Orchestra (AKO) music
July 20-21 at the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel & Conference Center at Grand National.
This year’s performance schedule will be:
Friday, July 20
7 p.m. 1930s Era Band
8 p.m. 1950s Era Band
9 p.m. 1960s Era Band
10 p.m. 1970-80s Era Band
Saturday, July 21
7 p.m. 1940s Era Band
8 p.m. 1990-2000s Era Band
9 – 10:15 p.m. Current Auburn Knights will play
The Auburn Knights Orchestra has been active since it was organized in September 1930, with the exception of two years during World War II. It was at the first organizational meeting where Jimmie Robbins was elected leader and J.R. Quinlivan was elected business manager. Over the next decade, the band became a sensation and found themselves playing summer-long engagements at Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina beach resorts, hotels and casinos. The summer of 1941 proved to be one to remember when professional musician Tommy Dorsey, along with Don Lodice, Ziggy Elman, Buddy Rich and Frank Sinatra, joined the Knights for a performance.
Throughout the years, the Auburn Knights have performed all over the Southeast, playing various types of venues such as concerts, corporate events, fundraisers, private parties and weddings.
The current orchestra is comprised of three trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, bass, guitar and two vocalists. Membership is not limited to those with music or music education degrees. Some members have been engineers, attorneys, physicians, businessmen and others with music as an extra-curricular interest.
Notable alumni include Grammy Award-winning arranger Marion Evans, Grammy Award-winning songstress Toni Tennille and Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame members Urbie Green (trombone), Rick Bell (saxophone) and Sonny Harris (drums).
For more information about the event, contact Charlie Higgins at 334-288-5001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For reservations at the Marriott, call 800-593-6456.