MCHS Band students perform at the Amphitheater


Messenger Staff

On May 20, 2021, at 7p.m., the Meade County High School Band held their Spring Concert at the Brandenburg Riverfront Park Amphitheater. For the first time this school year, both the Concert and Symphonic Bands performed in front of family, friends, and members of the community.

Preceding the concert, the honored tradition of pinning senior roses was performed. This tradition usually occurs in mid-November at the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, IN. However, due to COVID-19, this competition, along with all other competitions the band normally attends, were canceled. Thankfully, the Meade County Band Boosters were able to ensure that the 2021 band seniors could continue this tradition.

To open the event, Mr. Chris McGee thanked everyone for coming out and was excited to be able to share the first band concert in well over a year. He stated that he was immensely proud of the students and commended them on how well they are doing considering the circumstances. Band is not a class that can truly take place over a Zoom meeting. He then introduced Mr. Kevin Leonard, the teacher for the Concert Band. Mr. Leonard started the Concert Band’s performance with Reverberations, followed by the students’ favorite selection Avengers: Endgame. They finished with Old Irish Tune and Ride Through the Valley.

After the beautiful performance of the MCHS Concert Band, the Symphonic Band took its place and began to warm up. Tracy Whitaker from the MCHS Band Boosters entered the stage to present two checks. The first check was a $2,000 donation from Modern Woodmen America Brandenburg chapter, which was presented by Loretta Neff, the MWA activities coordinator, earlier in the evening. Modern Woodmen America matched what the MCHS Band Boosters raised on their Egg Hunt fundraiser this year. Mrs. Whitaker then presented a check to Tansley Sophia Blair who won the $500 scholarship the boosters award to one senior each year. Mr. McGee introduced the MCHS Symphonic Band and then started their performance with Star Trek. They played four more songs: Snow of an Aynu Village, The Mandalorian, Contre Qui Rose and Night on Fire.

After all the performances, Mr. Chris McGee stated, “I just want to thank the MCHS administration and City Hall for allowing us to have the concert at the amphitheater on the river. Also, I want to thank the students for their hard work and perseverance during this trying time. Thank you as well to the boosters and parents for their constant support in providing the best possible experience for our band students.”

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