A Note On Scholarship Donations

As the tax year comes to an end, please remember–all contributions to the AKAA Scholarship Fund are tax deductible.
For donations to the AKAA Scholarship Fund, please send your contributions to: 
Fritz Siler
3110 Deer Chase Ct.
Snellville, GA 30039
Please make checks payable to the Auburn Knights Alumni Scholarship Fund.  If you would like to make the donation in the name of an Auburn Knight deceased alumni, please designate that person’s name with the donation. 
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The October 2013 Edition of The Bridge

The October 2013 Issue of our newsletter, The Bridge, is ready for downloading.

Here is the link directly to the PDF: The Bridge, October 2013

The AKAA newsletter page has many of the past issues archived.

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Charlie plays Sugar Blues

From the 2011 Auburn Knights Alumni Association Reunion, we have a clip of Charlie performing Sugar Blues. Many will remember this as a standard for the 30′s band year after year. It’s hard for me to hear this song and not think of Charlie. What a pleasure it is to hear him play it every time.

Thanks to ProCat AV for their permission to include this video. Visit procatav.com to get more info on all of their recordings from the annual AKAA reunions.

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In Memory Of Charlie

This gallery contains 12 photos.

Photos of Charlie On Tuesday, October 1st, the Auburn Knights lost a longtime member and dear friend to all in Charlie Higgins. These are a few photos of Charlie that have been contributed by alumni in memory of Charlie. We … Continue reading

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2013 AKAA Reunion in the news

An article in the Opelika-Auburn News was written covering the latest AKAA Reunion. You can find the full article by following the link.

http://www.oanow.com/news/auburnuniversity/article_75b7759a-f1ba-11e2-90b6-001a4bcf6878.html

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July 2013 Issue of The Bridge Ready for Download

The July 2013 Issue of our newsletter, The Bridge, is ready for downloading. Included is information about the upcoming reunion, just days away! You can still mail in the registration form with payment up until Friday, June 12, 2013. If it’s after that, hold onto your form and register in person at the reunion.

Here is the link directly to the PDF: http://www.auburnknightsalumni.org/newsletter/Bridge2013JulyFinalWeb.pdf

The AKAA newsletter page has many of the past issues archived.

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2011 Book, Alabama Musicians, Includes Knights

Alabama Musicians book coverIn 2011, The History Press published a book titled Alabama Musicians that mentions Knights alums Jim “Teeny” Mahaffey (AKO 1957-’61), Toni Tennille (AKO 1959-’60) and Dave Edwards (AKO 1959-’62). The author is C. S. Fuqua who has an extended description and reviews of the book on his website. Below is the description from the publisher’s page.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, legendary artists like Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan traveled to North Alabama to record with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm section, also known as the Swampers. But Alabama hasn’t just attracted musical stars with its talent—it also has a history of creating stars of its own. Join author and musician C.S. Fuqua as he showcases the breadth of Alabama’s musical talent through the profiles and stories of its historic performers and innovators. From the “father of the blues,” W.C. Handy, to Hank Williams, the originator of modern country music, to folk music hero Odetta and everyone in between, this is an unprecedented compendium of Alabama’s groundbreaking music makers.

 

As happens a lot, and is understandable, the pages that mention us tie us more closely with the university than we actually are. The section on p. 118 opens, “Auburn University’s big band, the Auburn Knights has been performing professionally since September 1930.” Aside from that, it’s a very nice three-page mention and has a great, half-page picture of the band with the three above musicians.

Below is a link to the publisher’s page for the book. If the link expires, the ISBN is 9781609491574.

Alabama Musicians: Musical Heritage from the Heart of Dixie, from The History Press

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