John Q. Lennard, Director of Bands
John Q. Lennard, Director
TU BAND SCHOLARSHIP AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Woodwind and Brass
PIPERETTE AND TWIRLING DIVA AUDITIONS
Auditions for Crimson Piperettes and The Twirling Divas take place in the August Pre-Drill period. Ladies interested in trying out MUST contact the coordinator or band director to be invited to Pre-Drill and have important information pertaining to the tryout process.
ABOUT THE BAND PROGRAM
The Tuskegee University Marching Crimson Piper Band has enjoyed a long history of excellence. At the tender age of 25 years (1906), Tuskegee Institute could boast of a well-organized band of 35 pieces and an 18-piece orchestra. Organizationally, the band was part of the Military Department, an administrative arrangement of several years’ duration. Captain Elbert V. Williams was bandmaster and Captain N. Emerson Perkins succeeded him. George B. Thornton served as acting bandmaster during 1914-15, on a part-time basis, after which Captain Frank L. Drye was appointed bandmaster of the 45-member Tuskegee Institute Band.
In 1931, the School of Music was established under the directorship of William L. Dawson. The band became a component of the newly formed department. In the 1940s, it became the Department of Music, still headed by Dawson. Captain Drye held the title of Head of Band Instruments, and Director of Bands. The band, consisted of 75 pieces including drum majors, juvenile drum majors, majorettes and herald trumpeters.
Subsequent directors of the Tuskegee Marching Band have been Dr. William P. Foster (Director of Bands Emeritus at Florida A&M University), Dr. Lucius R. Wyatt (former Director of Bands at Prairie View A&M University), Edward Graves (Director of Bands at Tennessee State University), Ronald J. Sarjeant (retired Director of Bands at South Carolina State University), and Warren L. Duncan (Director of Bands Emeritus/ Chairman of the Dept. of Fine and Performing Arts).
DIRECTOR OF BANDS
The Tuskegee University Band is under the direction of Mr. John Q. Lennard, a native of Tuskegee, AL.
Lennard is a graduate of Florida A&M University where he earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. Lennard is a charter member of the FAMU Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Music Fraternity of America. He is also a member of the Zeta Phi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity at Tuskegee University.
After college, Lennard served as a high school band director in Homestead, Miami, and Orlando, Florida and Tuskegee, Alabama. He also taught elementary music at the Rio Grande Charter School in Orlando, Florida.
He has performed music across the world in places such as Switzerland, France, Belgium, England, the Netherlands, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. Lennard is also an accomplished saxophone player and has had the distinctive opportunity to perform with or open for great musicians such as:
Lennard is a member of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Tuskegee University. He follows in the footsteps of long-time Director of Bands, Mr. Warren L. Duncan, who now serves as Head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Tuskegee University.
Other Band Staff includes:
Kimberly Allen and Robin Cobb,
Cierra Kenerly and Tunisia Thomas
The Marching Crimson Pipers (MCP)
Band Motto -- "Setting standards is what we have done…Maintaining those standards is what we do every day."
Academic Motto -- “It is more important to march across the stage than it is to march across the field."
The high-stepping Tuskegee University Marching Crimson Pipers (MCP) is part of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. The Tuskegee University Band Program consists of four band components:
The MCP have enjoyed a long history of excellence, including major appearances in the highly acclaimed Honda Battle of the Bands. This SIAC portion of the Annual Invitational Showcase is usually held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA and features marching bands from 10 participating Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's). The event attracts and thoroughly entertains nearly 65,000 fans.
LISTING OF DIRECTORS
Originally, the band was part of the Military Department. Hence, the bandmasters were military captains. In 1931, the School of Music was established under the directorship of William L. Dawson.
DISTINGUISHED BAND ALUMNI
Some of the distinguished band alumni include:
For nearly 100 years, the Marching Crimson Pipers, known for their unique marching style, powerful music arrangements, intricate dance steps and quality presentations by the dancing piperettes, flag line and soulful drum majors, have performed at:
BATTLE OF THE BANDS
The Honda Battle of the Bands program includes two components. The Celebration Tour provides an opportunity for 45 participating schools from around the country to earn a $1,000 grant for their halftime performances at selected football games during the fall.
At the end of the Tour, the 10 bands that demonstrate the most showmanship, musicianship and fan interaction will be invited to the Invitational Showcase. Each of the 10 schools selected will receive an additional funds toward its scholarship fund. The invitees will include the two top bands from each of the four HBCU athletic conferences (CIAA, SWAC, MEAC, SIAC) and two independent schools.
The selection process is based solely on a three-tiered process. Thirty-three percent of the vote will be from the on-line fan voting at http://www.HondaBattleoftheBands.com . Thirty-three percent will be from the commissioners of the four conferences and school presidents, and thirty-three percent will be from the band directors. Commissioners, presidents and band directors are not allowed to vote for their own school(s). All on-line surveys must be completed and submitted by the deadline.
The Marching Crimson Pipers of Tuskegee University, now under the direction of Mr. John Q. Lennard, historically brought a large number of fans to the Georgia Dome, which seemed to fuel the Crimson Pipers' already dynamic program and performance.
Scholarships (participation grants) are available by audition. For more information, contact: John Q. Lennard, Director of Bands, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL. 36088; email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 334-724-4789