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Students “conduct” Hodgson Wind Ensemble for Student Spotlight event

More than 1,000 students, faculty and staff from across campus experienced the Hodgson Wind Ensemble’s  “Conduct Us” event on Thursday, a highlight of a daylong Student Spotlight event of the annual Spotlight on the Arts festival.

More than two dozen students took the baton to lead the band in favorites such as “Stars and Stripes Forever,” while a crowd of students looked on—and snapped smartphone photos and videos—at Tate Plaza.

“Conduct Us was a fun and exciting way for students to get a taste and sense of the arts at the University of Georgia,” said Russell Mumper, the university’s vice provost and chair of the UGA Arts Council. “We couldn’t be more pleased with how the Student Spotlight event impacted our campus. It brought the outstanding work of our students in the arts to the heart of campus.”

Also during the festivities Thursday, crowds formed to watch performances from the UGA Children’s Theatre Troupe, singer-songwriter Kimberly Simpson, Improv Athens, the Black Theatrical Ensemble and musical theater group Next Act, reaching nearly 1,000 more students throughout the day. A saxophone flash mob and other Student Spotlight events were held throughout the nine-day festival.