May 29, 2012

OXFORD, Ohio - Miami University football fans should circle September 8 on their calendar. That's the day flying footballs, melodious musicians and talented twirlers combine to present the 56th High School Band Day at Yager Stadium.

Coach Don Treadwell's high-powered offense, led by quarterback Zac Dysert and wide receiver Nick Harwell, aims to put on an air show in 2012, with Southern Illinois the scheduled opponent on Sept. 8

Though Miami's home opener is a little more than 100 days away, a half-dozen area bands have already signed up to participate with Miami's Marching Band at the game. Among the school bands that have committed to be on hand are those from Miami East, Amelia, Hillsboro, White Hall, National Trail and Loveland. They'll salute music from the popular "Blues Brothers" movie at halftime in a mass-band performance that will surely send musical tremors throughout Oxford.

New to the annual Band Day festivities will be the addition of a bevy of gifted baton twirlers. Dr. Stephen Lytle, Director of Athletic Bands at Miami, says he loves the pageantry of the school's annual Band Day.

"High School Band Day is a great experience for local high school bands as well as our own students," said Lytle. "We enjoy working together with the high school students and their directors and bringing the color and pageantry to Yager Stadium."

Miami's Director of Athletic Marketing, Anthony Azama, echoes Lytle's sentiments.

"Band Day presents a unique opportunity to highlight local high school bands' talent while simultaneously presenting our campus as one to consider for these future potential Miami students," said Azama. "What a great event on football game day for young people and their families."

The bands will also present pre-game performance to be held in Tailgate Town as well as a special "Fifth Quarter Presentation" inside Yager Stadium.

Bands who haven't yet registered to participate in Miami's Band Day may sign up online by clicking here. 

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The Miami RedHawk football squad is "All In" for the 2012 season! Are you? Get your tickets today so that you can be part of what promises to be an exciting season.

The 2012 schedule includes five daytime home games, including Southern Illinois (Sat., Sept. 8, Band Day and Youth Day), Massachusetts (Sat., Sept. 22, Homecoming), Ohio (Sat., Oct. 27, Family Weekend), Kent State (Sat., Nov. 10, Military Day) and Ball State (Fri., Nov. 23).

Season tickets start at just $50. To order, call (513) 529-HAWK, visit the Athletic Ticket Office at Millett Hall, or order tickets online at www.MURedHawks.com.

• Regular Reserved - $90

• Miami Faculty/Staff Reserved - $75

• Senior Citizen (65 & older)/Butler County resident - $80

• Youth (under 18) - $70

• Hawks Nest (north end zone) - $50

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