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My name is Ryan Malburg. I'm a third year Music Education student at Michigan State, and I'm the baritone section leader for the 2019 season. In addition, I'm also the President of our Kappa Kappa Psi chapter, a honorary band fraternity that serves the university bands. I'm writing to you about the MSU Spring Game, which takes place this Saturday, April 13th. 
We invite interested high school students to play with the marching band at the spring game, so they can see what it's like to play in a B1G Ten marching band. There is a cookout provided by Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma before the game, and students can sit with the section they're interested in so they can ask questions about the band, auditions, and why they should join marching band in college. Students can be any year in high school, and don't have to be attending MSU in the fall. We want to show high school students the great things about being in college marching band, and provide resources to those interested. 
I will attach information on the Spring Game below, along with audition information for each section. If you have any baritones players interested, please let me know!! We typically don't get many baritone players auditioning in particular, so I'd really like to see those numbers increase. Any other questions about SMB or auditions can be directed to SMB Director Dr. Thornton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
On Campus Auditions. SMB Color Guard auditions will be Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM at Demonstration Hall.All prospective members will experience a morning group class in movement and flag that includes fundamentals along with choreography.
Hopefully this is of some interest for you and your students! If you are an alumni of the SMB, we'd love to see you come out!. Thank you for reading this, and please let me know if there's anything I can do for your program. I would be happy to come talk to your program in person, along with the other students on leadership. 
Go Green!
Ryan Malburg

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