Homecoming at Albion College is about reconnecting with old friends, sharing memories of the “good old days,” and most importantly – it’s about Alumni Band! Every year at Homecoming, past members of the British Eighth Marching Band return for another chance to step onto the football field and making music with the greatest marching band in the MIAA.
High School Honor Band
The High School Honor Band provides talented student musicians with the opportunity to rehearse and perform some of the best in wind band literature (both new and old) within a traditional symphonic band setting comprised of other high school students from across the state of Michigan.
Liberal Arts Jazz Festival
The Liberal Arts Jazz Festival is designed to provide small liberal arts colleges and select high school jazz bands a unique educational opporunity to perform for a group of jazz professionals serving as guest clinicians in a positive and supportive environment. The clinicians then spend time rehearsing each participating jazz ensemble and helping them to grow as musicians. The event culminates in an evening performance by the clinicians. The Liberal Arts Jazz Festival is co-hosted by Albion College and Hillsdale College, with each school taking turns as host. Albion College hosts on even years - 2014, 2016, etc.
The Albion College Piano Festival began in the fall of 2008. It was inspired by the memory of Vera Reed, an Albion resident and piano teacher who taught into her nineties and played even later in her life. While there is a competition element, and students can compete for cash prizes, it is our hope that students will find this festival to be more about performing, meeting and hearing other students, and taking lessons/master classes from Albion Faculty and guest artists. In other words, we view this festival as educational first and foremost.
We are happy to announce the guest clinician for this year's Choralfest on October 16 will be well-known arranger Stacey V. Gibbs. This annual event brings about 300 high school choristers from around the state to Goodrich Chapel for a day of performances and rehearsals. The event starts at 8:30am and ends at 2:30pm, and is free and open to the public.