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March 22, 2006
Contact: Larry Mallett, chair of the Department of Music and Dance, (785) 864-9749.

Director of KU marching, athletic bands to take similar position at Arizona State

LAWRENCE — Larry Mallett, chair of the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Kansas, today announced that James G. Hudson, director of the Marching Jayhawks and Athletic Bands, will leave KU in August to assume a similar position at Arizona State University in Tempe.

“Jim has done a terrific job for us during his three years, doubling the size of the band and sparking renewed interest in the Marching Jayhawks,” said Mallett. “We wish him well.”

Steve Hedden, dean of the School of Fine Arts, said that although the university was sorry to see Hudson leave, “we recognize that he was offered an opportunity he simply could not turn down.”

Hudson came to KU in 2003 after 11 years with Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. His new position is director of Athletic Bands at the Arizona State School of Music in the Herberger College of Fine Arts.

The Arizona State campus in Tempe is home to almost 52,000 students.

“I love KU and my students here,” Hudson said. “I have been very happy at KU. The support I’ve had from the chancellor on down to my departmental colleagues made this an incredibly hard decision for me. So many people have helped me build the program to where it is. I especially want to thank those donors who helped us with the ‘Feather the Flock’ campaign for new band uniforms. I am especially proud of the caliber of talent we have in the student musicians who make our program what it is.

“While I look forward to new challenges and wonderful opportunities at ASU, I will hold nothing but the fondest of thoughts for KU and the Marching Jayhawks.”

Hudson will teach at KU through the conclusion of the Midwestern Music Camp this summer, which ends in mid-July.

Hedden said details on search plans would be available later.

“I look forward to beginning a national search for the special individual who will take the KU program to the next level,” he said.

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