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The JC Instrumental Music Affinity Group

This affinity group, an officially recognized program of the Juniata College Alumni Relations Office, came into existence in the fall of 2008 as a way for all interested parties to support the instrumental music offerings of the College. The affinity group is open to any and all people interested in supporting the mission of our department, and is not limited to alums of the college. All instrumental alumni, including strings, winds, percussion, organ and piano, and former marching band and pep band members, including flags/rifles/batons, are invited to join as well.

The affinity group, once up and functioning, will provide support for future projects and events such as ensemble touring/hosting/related costs, assist with historical recordkeeping, promote attendance at instrumental concerts and at campus events, assist with funding of guest artists and fill-in players for concerts, and provide support of the planned new music building at Juniata.

A subgroup of the affinity group, joined by interested others, formed the nucleus of the planning and organizational committee for the "75th Anniversary of Bands at Juniata" celebration, held during Homecoming, October 1-3, 2010; an 80th anniversary celebration is planned for fall 2015..

Interested in joining the affinity group, and/or the planning committee for the bands' anniversary? Email Dr. Latten! And spread the word about our upcoming celebration. All are welcome to attend our meetings.

Below, in reverse order, are agendas and minutes from recent meetings:

Post-meeting minutes, Fall 2009:

Two nearly identical meetings were held, on 9/19/09 and 10/31/09. The second, at homecoming, served dual roles as a working meeting of the reunion planning committee and an open house for parents and students at Homecoming. In addition to those listed below, Dan Weyandt '84, Doug Schunk '04 and Renae (Watkins) Schunk '04 were in attendance at one of the meetings. At each meeting:

Post-meeting minutes, Fall 2008:

We held our first meeting on campus during Homecoming 2008 in late October, and issues regarding both the affinity group and the committee were discussed. Approximately 12 people were in attendance. We met as well as toured the current facilities for those who had not seen Swigart and/or Oller Hall in many years. We toured the site of the proposed new music building as well (currently it’s a parking lot!), and looked at the architectural drawings. We hope that the building will become a reality some day.

Many great ideas for the bands’ reunion were brought to the table, and we hope to have a planning meeting on a Saturday, sometime in the spring of 2009.


Agenda from the Fall 2008 charter meeting of the Instrumental Music Affinity Group:

Welcome to the founding meeting of the Juniata College Instrumental Music Affinity Group!

Saturday, October 25, 2008, 11am, Swigart Music Hall