first_imgBefore coming to Notre Dame, assistant band director Justin McManus said he thought working for the Band of the Fighting Irish was one of the “wonder” jobs.Now the band’s assistant director, McManus said belonging to the organization has been an experience unlike any other.“It’s unique because you get a different appreciation for [Notre Dame],” he said.In order to share this experience with current students, as well as provide them with a chance to learn more about the program, the Notre Dame Band will be hosting an open house Thursday at 5 p.m. in the Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall. The event will give students a chance to familiarize themselves with the opportunities the band offers as well as talk to current band members.McManus, who first proposed the open house, said the event was developed to improve the program’s recruitment of non-freshmen. The band has no trouble recruiting students who are new to campus but struggles to draw in upperclassmen and graduate students, he said.Many students interested in band are hesitant to join freshman year because they’re concerned about the time commitment and would rather focus their energy on adjusting to college life, McManus said.“Then they think they just can’t join after freshman year,” he said.McManus said he hopes the open house will both help to dispel this assumption and provide students with the information they need to get involved.The open house will commence with a brief overview of the program, which will include a description of the different types of bands and ensembles it offers as well as their respective time commitments and skill requirements, McManus said. In addition, the event will have 17 different instruments available for students to try and there will also be a tour of the band facilities.Junior MacKenzie Cavanagh and senior Brynn Alexander, the two band ambassador coordinators, will be joining McManus to provide a student perspective on joining the band.Alexander said she hopes the event will provide students with a “fun way to get to know the band and see if it’s a good fit.”Students do not need to be well-versed in an instrument to join, McManus said. The sheer breadth of the band program provides a place for all students, from beginners to long-time experts, he said.For example, several bands are better suited for beginners, such as the basketball band and hockey band, Cavanagh said. After becoming well-acquainted with an instrument, students can audition for programs requiring more skill, such as the marching band, she said.Cavanagh said the band is eager to work with individuals of all skill sets and works to accommodate each individual in their specific needs.“Everyone is very welcoming,” she said. “Everyone is very supportive.”Tags: Band of the Fighting Irish, Open House, Ricci Band Rehearsal Halllast_img read more

first_imgThe Accra Sports Stadium has been cleared to host the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Ghana and Malawi billed for Saturday, September 8, 2012.The national stadium, yet to taste any significant action since its renovation for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations was reportedly tagged unsafe to host matches by Kojo Bonsu, Board Chairman of the National Sports Authority (NSA) in a recent interview on JOY Sports Link, but experts have allayed the disturbing concerns raised by the Chairman.With visible signs of rust and cracks spotted on the roof and other vital sections of the facility, Eric Ansah, Deputy Managing Director of the Architectural and Engineering Services Limited (AESL) insists the venue is safe to host this weekend’s match and subsequent ones.Ansah who led a team of technical experts from his outfit and officials of the NSA on an inspection tour of the stadium on Monday, which was re-inaugurated by former President John Agyekum Kufour in October 2007, said it cannot serve as a ‘death trap’ as being speculated. “We want to allay any fears about the safety of the stadium. It is fit to host matches. Therefore, the Ghana/Malawi match can be held here,” Ansah assured.He worryingly admitted that the signs of rust was a concern, but explained there was no cause for alarm since “it has not gotten to the skills structure. The rust is due to the sea breeze as the stadium is close to the sea.“We have to do some steel blasting and re-painting of the whole structure. There is nothing to worry about,” he affirmed. Ansah advised that the best practice would have been regular maintenance to keep the facility in the best of shapes.The 40,000-capacity stadium built in the 1960’s hosted the final matches of the 1978 and 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.It was renovated alongside the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations which was complemented by the Tamale and Essipong Stadia, Sekondi.last_img read more