Notes of NOAC: Brotherhood Band
By Owen Clapp
Notes of harmony fill the air at the National Order of the Arrow Conference, composed by the many instruments played by almost 300 musical Arrowmen from around the country that make up the Brotherhood Band. With a longstanding history of service at national conferences, Brotherhood Band members have a drive to use their skills to entertain guests at multiple events during NOAC.
The skills of band members range from beginners to experienced musicians. Despite the skill level, the group comes together to supplement the fine art of music for the National Order of the Arrow Conference, truly making a difference and inspiring Arrowmen from all walks of life.
The band has already played at the American Indian Affairs luncheon and the National Recognition Dinner so far this week. The group also plans to play at the Breslin Student Events Center throughout the rest of the week.
The band has been around for a long time. Its first installment was at the 1958 NOAC at the University of Kansas. The band has evolved over time but the mission has remained the same: to make sure that guests are delighted and entertained with high quality music.
The group is a concert band. The Arrowmen that are a part of the band do not just play one kind of music; they are not limited by the boundaries of any one genre. The members play a good mixture of both classical and popular music, truly giving their audiences a good and enjoyable music experience.
The director of the band, Dr. Alan Eggleston, is the successor to Randy Cline. Eggleston has a Doctorate of Music and was a professor of music at Indiana State University. His passion for music has lead him to this position, working side by side with Arrowmen to not just make music but to make memories that will last an entire lifetime.