Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity’s Music Festival Rocks ArtStreet

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Melody Conrad
Staff Writer

ArtStreet Amphitheater came alive Saturday night as the University of Dayton community came together to enjoy local performers at Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity’s debut music festival. 

As the first year of the event, Phi Mu Alpha worked to ensure fluidity of the festival and enjoyment for attendees.

“It’s for anyone who’s anyone to come, show up, and enjoy the music we’re producing,” said Caleb Vanden Eynden, president of Phi Mu Alpha.

A fundraiser for the fraternity, the festival included Diamond Dave’s food truck and raffle prizes of Diamond Dave’s T-shirts and a full beer pong set with cups and ping pong balls. 

The event also encompassed a wide range of genres, and performances. Some of the music highlighted included ska, heavy rock, big band brass, jazz and dubstep.

The goal of Phi Mu Alpha was to include at least one brother in every performing act. One of the Brothers, Ian Smith, said he was excited to “show the talented musicians we have.”

The evening opened with the band Freight featuring three guitarists, a pianist, and a drummer, then moved on to showcase two other bands, Jam Band and Head in the Sand.

Head in the Sand performed its feature song “In the Ghetto” for the crowd, and the audience immediately rose to their feet and began dancing.

Students jumped to the song and sang along to the lyrics while Vanden Eynden lifted a friend in the air.

Other performance groups of the night included a trombone quartet, the University of Dayton Jazz Band, Dayton Jazz Ensemble, R&D and Big Ass Brass Band.

According to Matthew Drake, Brother and mellophone in Big Ass Brass Band, the group performed “September,” “Brooklyn” and “Sounds of Silence.” In total, Drake estimated 80 performers took to the stage that evening and for a first-time event, Vanden Eynden called the night a success.

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“People are coming to this!” he said. “They’re enjoying it; they’re dancing to the music; they’re cheering when people finish a song. Not only is it great to see people come out here and perform the works that they’ve created, but they have an audience. They have fans to support that.”

Phi Mu Alpha hopes to continue the music festival annually during the spring.

Photos courtesy of Jacob Watson.