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First National Monon Bell Telecast from 1984 is Preserved on DVD

A DVD of the 1984 Monon Bell Classic — the first game in the historic rivalry between DePauw University and Wabash College to be televised nationally — has been created by the two schools. The professionally replicated disc includes the November 10, 1984, contest as seen on SPN (Satellite Program Network) as well as an array of bonus features.

The tape copy that remained from 1984 was on VHS, and Ken Owen '82, executive director of media relations for DePauw, painstakingly restored and color-corrected the video. The DVD's features include the half time performance of the DePauw Marching Band conducted by Prof. Dan Hanna. That ensemble's legacy inspired student leaders of the Tiger Pep Band for nearly two decades.



Erin Johnson '03 Appointed Associate Director of Prescott Pops Symphony

Erin M. Johnson, a music teacher for Arizona's Prescott Unified Schools and 2003 graduate of DePauw University, has been named associate director of the Prescott Pops Symphony. Johnson is a director emeritus of the Tiger Pep Band and played bassoon in the DePauw University Band.

Formed in 1992, the Prescott Pops is a non-profit organization of more than 70 professional, semi-professional, and amateur musicians. The mission of the orchestra is to provide the Prescott area with accessible music, which includes classical orchestral favorites, Broadway music, movie themes, and educational programs for adults and students.

"Johnson is the director of grades 6 through 8 middle school choirs, a guitar instructor for grades 7 and 8, and a general music teacher for grades K through 5," notes the Prescott Daily Courier.

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Erin Johnson '03 Sings Way to Idol Prize

"Erin Johnson sang her way to the top Thursday night and became the Prescott 2014 Idol in the grand finale of summer-long competition at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center," writes Karen Despain in today's The Daily Courier.

The 2003 DePauw University School of Music graduate teaches choir and guitar at Mile High Middle School and Granite Mountain Middle School in Arizona.

"In general, I am a musician," Johnson said in The Courier. "I love all music, and I try to to teach my kids to experience as much music as they can — all realms. That's what it's all about."


Cancer Researcher, Cellist, Clarinetist: Dr. Sarah Mordan-McCombs '03 Profiled

Dr. Sarah Mordan-McCombs '03 "delights in seeing the growth her students make during their time at Franklin College," according to a profile of the professor published today by the Indiana college.

"Mordan-McCombs plays the cello and the clarinet," notes the profile about the DePauw Symphony Orchestra and Tiger Pep Band alumna. "She participates in the Frankling Community Band and the Hendricks Symphony Orchestra."

The professor, who earned her bachelor's degree at DePauw University before completing her Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame, supports the educatonal benefits of undergraduate students participating in research.


Adam Hilkert '08 to Conduct U.S. Army Bands

Adam Hilkert '08, a Tiger Pep Band Director Emeritus, has been selected to become one of just 22 conductors of the U.S. Army Bands after highly competitive national auditions.

"This is a great honor and privilege for which I am very grateful to have earned the opportunity," says Hilkert on Facebook today.

The U.S. Army Bands invited Hilkert to participate in the grueling two-day audition process. Candidates perform with their primary instrument two works in contrasting styles, followed by music theory examinations. Then they conduct nine works for concert band and the Soldier's Chorus. Finally, they are interviewed by a panel of senior officers and noncommissioned officers.


Indianapolis Teacher of the Year is Tina Ahlgren '05

"This is a teacher who rushed to the hospital to be by the side of a student giving birth. This is a teacher who encouraged a student to keep up with schoolwork when he was in juvenile jail. This is a teacher who brought homework to a student recovering from being shot," writes Stephanie Wang in today's Indy Star.

That teacher is Tina Ahlgren '05, who once played clarinet in the DePauw University Band and the Tiger Pep Band, and has been named Indianapolis Public Schools teacher of the year at a recent school assembly.


Teaching Award for Sarah Mordan-McCombs '03

Dr. Sarah Mordan-McCombs '03 was awarded the the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award at Franklin College today during the college's commencement exercises in Indiana.

"Whenever a student comes along who is genuinely excited about learning, it’s invigorating as a professor," Mordan-McCombs says in a forthcoming profile of her work as a professor and cancer researcher at the college. "It reminds me why I was so excited to be a teacher in the first place."

"The award is given to a faculty member who exhibits excellence in mastery of subject and works well with students," notes the Johnson County Daily Journal.


'Frozen' Oscar for Tiger Pep Band's Alex McAdams '06

"As many people in the past have said, they're heavy!" says Dr. Alex McAdams '06 of the Academy Award he and his team won for Disney's blockbuster movie, Frozen.

The Tiger Pep Band Director Emeritus is a senior software engineer at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

"On Sunday, Frozen beat out stiff competition to take home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature," reports Jeff Peterson at the Deseret News. "Its win marks Disney Animation Studios’ first-ever trophy in the relatively young category after six previous nominations in the 13 years since animated features were first recognized in a separate category."


Reflections on Alma Mater and Old Gold

This past Saturday was a very busy day for me, and it was a day where I couldn't help but be drenched in school spirit. Among the things I did were to represent the Tiger Pep Band at the Organizations Fair, to represent the school in an admissions panel, play with the University Band, and socialize with a mass amount of alumni at our annual Frank Norris Pig Dinner at Phi Gamma Delta. At the Organizations Fair, I listened to both the recording of the Alma Mater, "A Toast To DePauw," and and the Fight Song, "Here's To DePauw," on endless repeat. These recordings, both made by the University Band on the Timepieces album, document the beginnings of the Tiger Pep Band.