This post is a letter from current AKAA Board president, Peter Blaise. Read on below his letter for details about registering for the 2012 reunion. The weekend’s two concerts are Friday, 7-11 PM, and Saturday, 7-10 PM, at the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel & Conference Center at Grand National and are open to the public at $10/night. All proceeds go toward the association’s college scholarship program.
Peter Blaise, AKAA President
Spring is here, we’ve paid our taxes (at least, most of us have), the insects are out in full force, and the April edition of The Bridge (link) is running late. In other words, things are normal!
Most importantly, our 2012 AKAA reunion is less than two months away—sweet! I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to our annual pilgrimage to the Plains for another weekend of big band jazz celebrating the 82nd birthday of the Auburn Knights Orchestra.
I certainly hope you’ve already made your room reservations at the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel & Conference Center at Grand National. If not, I highly recommend you do so soon. You seasoned veterans know the Marriott staff consistently does a superb job taking care of us and are always genuinely delighted to host the AKAA.
Once again, our indefatigable Charlie Higgins has done a masterful job with the lion’s share of this year’s reunion preparations. He’s incredible! Please do me a favor and tell him that when you see him!
I’ll see you in July!
Please Stay! For reservations at the Marriott, call (800) 593-6456 and say you are with the Auburn Knights Reunion. If they tell you that our $83-plus-tax rooms are sold out, don’t worry. Go ahead and make the reservation and contact Vicky Powers at the hotel at (334) 737-2130. Final date for group-rate reservations is June 17, 2012.
(For non-members: the special rate is only for regular, associate and honorary members of the AKAA.)
Please Pay! Don’t forget to fill out the Registration Form inside the May 2012 newsletter and send with payment to Wade Johnson (address on form). All membership dues help keep the reunion going and support the current band. All concert admission and extra donations go to the scholarship program for current band members.
(For non-members: You can use this same form to prepare us for your visit. We would love to have you join us at our reunion for the concerts.)
Please Play! If you have any desire at all to revel again in the feeling you get from playing in this iconic instrumentation of swing, please contact your era’s bandleader (see table inside the May 2012 issue of The Bridge, linked above). Even if it’s for just one tune, if you want to play, then you will play, chops notwithstanding. This is why we exist! Turn page for rehearsal schedule.
(For non-members: seats in the bands are for regular, associate and honorary members only.)