In the News: Students, Alumni Surprise Retiring Band Director

Retiring Augustana Band Director Dr. Bruce Ammann.

Photo by Jay Pickthorn, Argus Leader Media.

Nearly three dozen Augustana alumni surprised retiring Augustana Band Director Dr. Bruce Ammann at his farewell concert Thursday night at the Washington Pavilion.

Read more and see photos and video in this Argus Leader feature. 


Students Surprise Retiring Augie Band Director: 'It was Surreal'

By Megan Raposa, Argus Leader

Applause echoed through the Washington Pavilion as a wave of Bruce Ammann's baton indicated the final note of the band concert and the final note of his career at Augustana University.

Or, at least, that's what Ammann thought was the last note.

The longtime Augustana band director did not know nearly three dozen of his former students were waiting in the wings, instruments in hand, ready to be directed by Ammann one last time before he retired after 28 years at the Sioux Falls college.

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