MIDDLE SCHOOL HONOR BAND CONCERT A SUCCESS

MMCMEA Middle School Honor Band participants practice one last time before showcasing their efforts to a full audience on January 30, 20116
MMCMEA Middle School Honor Band participants practice one last time before showcasing their efforts to a full audience on January 30, 20116

The annual Merced-Mariposa County Music Educator’s Association Middle School Honor Band performed to a packed house at the Buhach Colony High School auditorium last night. Nearly 80 students representing 11 different elementary and middle schools were led by guest conductor Matthew Cover after only four rehearsals together.  Cover, who currently teaches at Modesto High School, has also taught at Davis High School, Hickman Middle School and Charter School, and at Modesto Junior College.  He told the audience, “I can’t tell you how fantastic this process has been with these kids.  I’ve loved every minute working with them.  I’ve fed off of their energy, and I think they’ve fed off mine.  We’ve grown from a little bit of chaos in the beginning to what you’ve just heard, and they sound fantastic.”

Though some students stated that the pizza they got to eat in between their last rehearsal and the concert was their favorite part of the event, many appreciated the opportunity to work with students from other schools to put on a concert with so few rehearsals.  David Chen, a Cruickshank Middle School student who was recently mentioned in a previous ALLmercednews.com news story about winning the county spelling bee, played a beautiful flute solo during one of the band’s pieces “Let Hope Reign” by Larry Neeck.

Organized by MMCMEA president and Mitchell Senior Elementary School band director Raymond Cox, the honor band performed a joint concert for the 8th consecutive year with the Buhach Colony Thunder Band led by director Chad Humphal.  The Thunder Band has received a Unanimous Superior Rating at a Bay Section CMEA Festival six times (the highest award possible) and has been invited to once again perform at the Stand Up 4 Music Concert at the State Capitol in May. The Buhach Colony High School Music Boosters will be hosting their 11th Annual Crab Feed, Jazz Band Concert, and Auction at the Merced Fairgrounds on Februrary 6th.  Tickets will not be sold at the door, so contact a Buhach Colony Music student or parent to buy a ticket (hopefully one of them will chime in on our comments section).

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