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Mississippi Lion’s All-State band prepares for Germany

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Jones County Junior College is hosting the Mississippi Lion's All-State band rehearsal and preparations for an international competition.

The band will be traveling to Germany to represent Mississippi at the 96th International Convention Parade of Nations on July 4.

About 114 high school musicians from all over Mississippi are on campus and will be rehearsing until Tuesday.

The Mississippi Lion's band has won an unprecedented nine times over the last 11 years and a total of twenty-eight since 1951, which is more times than any other band in the world.

“Our purpose here is to achieve excellence both personal student excellence and ensemble excellence,” said Mississippi Lion’s band director, Jeff Cannon. “If winning takes place, that's just icing on the cake.”

The band will perform a free public concert on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. before they leave to Germany.

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