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Stanford Report, April 19, 2000

Alumni raise $1.5 million to endow band director position

The Stanford Band Alumni Board presented a check for $1.5 million to President Gerhard Casper on Thursday, April 13, to fund the Dr. Arthur P. Barnes Endowment for the Stanford Director of Bands.

Barnes, professor of music and the band's inspirational director from 1963 until his retirement in 1997, attended the ceremony in the President's Office, as did members of the Stanford Band Alumni Board and major donors.

"The Stanford Band Alumni Board deserves to be commended for its leadership in creating an endowment for a full-time Stanford Director of Bands," Casper said. "It is particularly appropriate that the gift honors Dr. Arthur Barnes, who was an inspiration to the students with whom he worked for so many years."

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During Barnes' tenure as director, the "incomparable" Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band developed a glorious tradition of defying tradition. Since his retirement, the band has had a part-time director. With the completion of the fundraising campaign the university will be able to hire a full-time director.

The Stanford Band Alumni Board, composed of 18 former band members and Dollies, began the campaign to raise $1 million on May 1, 1999. Donations came in from all over the United States and from alumni in more than a dozen countries around the world. More than 565 band alumni donated, as well as some 50 Friends of the Band. All individual, company and foundation donors will have their names inscribed on a Donors' Wall of Fame in a new Band Shak.

Additional donations are welcome. To make a contribution, call Sterling Franklin at: (888) LSJUMB7. SR