Speaking of Penn-grown bands, we’re looking forward to a new event at Homecoming this year: the Blutt Band Slam. Made possible by Mitchell Blutt, C’78, M’82, WG’87, the competition is open to both student and alumni musicians. Participants can perform solo or with a group, vocally or instrumentally, and in all genres and styles. Cash prizes of up to $1,000 will be awarded.
We asked Blutt what inspired him to sponsor a Band Slam at Penn. Was he active in the arts scene as a student? He said (via email):
I was uninvolved in musical activities when I was an undergraduate at Penn. Since then, I’ve wished for Penn students to have more exposure to the remarkable music being made on campus. Our gift was intended to promote that exposure in fun and seamless ways. A Penn Band Slam can play a role in that goal through both the involvement of talented Penn-based musicians and through the engagement of the Penn community as the audience.
You can read more about Blutt’s music-focused gifts to Penn here and learn about the new Band Slam here. (And for those who plan to do more than listen, note that submissions to join the competition are due by Sept. 21.) The competition will take place during Homecoming on Oct. 27 from 4-7 p.m.