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MCC Jazz Band earns top marks, concert band headed to state

March 30, 2019 GMT

SCOTTVILLE — Mason County Central High School‘s jazz and concert bands are having a successful year.

The MCC Jazz Band earned top marks and high praise from judges at the Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) State Jazz Festival at Bellaire High School on March 20, according to Tom Thomas, MCC band director.

Thomas said the jazz band received straight 1 ratings — the highest score possible — at the festival.

“The judges praised the band saying comments like, ‘Very solid playing and program today,’ ‘Overall, very well played,’” Thomas said. “Speaking of seniors Adam Fulton and Logan Hargreaves, the judges said their solos may have been the best they had heard that day.”

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Thomas said the success of the jazz band is a testament to the hard work and commitment of the students. He said he’s the freshmen who started this year proved to be more than up to the challenge presented by the jazz band’s intense rehearsal schedule.

“I thought this year would be a rebuilding year because of the seniors we lost last year and freshmen in key positions on piano and drums, and to have the year we’ve had says a lot about the kids,” Thomas said. “They’ve practiced and pulled it all together despite the snow days and everything we’ve had to deal with. They pulled it together with 7 a.m. rehearsals every morning.

“I don’t think everyone realized just how hard they work, with practice every day of the week before school even starts.”

The MCC Concert Band is also having a winning festival season. They, too, received perfect scores at the MSBOA district band festival on Feb. 28 in Big Rapids.

They’re heading to the MSBOA State Band Festival at the end of April or early May.

Read the full story in Saturday’s Ludington Daily News print or e-Edition.