February 17, 2005

Charles D. Tenney Distinguished Lectures 'Strike Up the Band!' is topic of Hanes' lecture

by Paula Davenport

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- One of the region's most recognizable band directors — Michael D. Hanes — will give a free public lecture at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the Student Center Auditorium at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Hanes is director of all SIUC bands and is a professor in the School of Music.

Earlier in his career, he led the ever-popular Marching Salukis at home football games or at special appearances around the Midwest.

Hane's talk "Strike Up the Band!" is the first of spring's Charles D. Tenney Distinguished Lectures, arranged by the University Honors Program. Tenney served as the University's provost and vice president from 1952 to 1971.

A public reception in the adjacent Gallery Lounge will follow.


Media Advisory

Reporters who wish to interview Hanes may meet him at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the Ohio Room of the SIUC Student Center.


Hanes will also field questions from the audience after his talk.

Hanes joined SIUC's faculty in 1965. Today, he oversees all aspects of the band program and conducts the University's wind and percussion ensembles.

The Wind Ensemble has toured in several states, with recent performances for the Illinois Music Educators Association and the North Central region of the College Band Directors National Association.

Hanes also works as music director of the recently resurrected McLeod Theater Summer Playhouse at SIUC.

And he is a frequent guest conductor and adjudicator for bands competitions throughout the region.

The Tenney lecture series exemplifies SIUC's aspiration of reaching out to others through coordinating cultural outreach programs as outlined in Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, a long-range plan the University is following as it moves toward its 150th birthday in 2019.