Alumni invited to join half time band activities
If you can unearth that tarnished tuba from the attic or find your
flute buried in the closet, plan to join the marching band half time
celebration at the UTC Mocs Football game against Liberty on Saturday,
November 13. All alumni are invited to participate; the event is planned
to honor Tony D’Andrea, Director of Bands at UTC.
“Tony has announced his retirement, and we want to honor him
by playing his favorite selections,” said Dr. Stuart Benkert,
Associate Professor, Director of Athletic Bands. “All former
students, regardless of school affiliation are invited.”
Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m.
To play or to participate in this event, please contact Dr. Stuart
M. Benkert at (423)425-4736.
D’Andrea began his career at UTC in 1982. Her served as director
of Bands at the University of Tennessee, Martin for five years before
coming to Chattanooga. His professional background as first woodwind
position (alto sax, clarinet, flute and piccolo) led D’Andrea
to the Tony Pastor Band, Bernie Cummins Orchestra, Dean Hudson Band,
David Carroll Band, Charlie Spivak Band, and Billy May/Sam Donohue
He has toured with or provided backup performances with Glen Campbell,
Paul Anka, Bobby Darin, Patti Page, Pat Boone, Liberace, Andrews Sisters,
Everly Brothers, Sonny and Cher, James Brown, Tennessee Ernie Ford,
Andy Williams, and many other artists.