Monthly Archives: October 2011

In Memoriam: Dr. Billy G. Walls

Dr. Billy Walls was the band director at AU from 1969 to 1991. He was a great supporter of the AKO, sat in on occasion as a skilled trombonist and would always let the Knights practice in the AU band … Continue reading

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October 2011 The Bridge Available for Download

The October 2011 edition of our print newsletter, The Bridge, is available in PDF format. Click here to download. Please note that all of the articles in this issue of The Bridge–and more–are included here on the website.

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Marion Evans on Tony Bennett’s Duets II

Marion Evans (AKO 1951) has collaborated again with Tony Bennett, arranging for the new album Duets II. The project debuted in September 2011 at the number one position on Billboard’s top album chart. Visit for tour dates and links … Continue reading

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Scholarship Recipients: “Thank you, AKAA”

From Charlie Anne Grimes… Reunion was wonderful this year! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to each era’s band! It was an honor to sing for you as well. It is always a little intimidating to realize that I am performing for … Continue reading

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Brunch Thanks, Upcoming Dates, Meeting Highlights, More

A Great Brunch of Guys Special thanks go out to all the musicians for the jazz brunch on Saturday during the 2011 reunion and to John Norton for putting it all together and providing the pianos. The main players were … Continue reading

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Those Other Summer Knights

Charlie Kinzer is working on a history of the Auburn Knights and sent this story in. The summer of 1937, with its exhilarating tour of the Great Lakes resorts on an MCA circuit alongside the likes of the bands of … Continue reading

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Another AKAA Reunion for the Ages

Another year, another outstanding Auburn Knights reunion! How about the fantastic start to this year’s band lineup by the 40′s band? The radio show concept was stellar! My only regret was their selection of tunes ended all too soon. As we’ve … Continue reading

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