ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - The Jones County Junior College Maroon Typhoon Marching Band will continue a long standing tradition on Tuesday, August 26, at 7 p.m. in the Sim Cooley/Bobcat football field with its annual Band Exhibition.
At Tuesday's event, everyone is invited to this free show to see and hear the 180-member band's sneak preview of its 2014 pre-game and halftime shows.
This year's show pays tribute to old "Blue Eyes," Frank Sinatra. On the eve of Sinatra's 100th birthday, JCJC Director of Bands, Jonathan Helmick said he wanted to expose Sinatra's swing style hits to a younger generation.
The band and audience are sure to enjoy this year's show, said Helmick because he believes Sinatra's music is timeless.
"The students worked hard during band camp and they are setting themselves up for a terrific show. They are starting to understand Sinatra. More so, they are doing it their way!" said Helmick.
JCJC sophomore, Caleb Guilbeau of Ellisville is a Sinatra fan and is "jazzed" to be playing a solo on one of his favorite Sinatra tunes, "Fly Me to the Moon."
"I wasn't sure how Sinatra would translate for marching band but Mr. Helmick is giving us a little more freedom to spice up the music and ad lib some parts to make it more 'musical' and yet technical. That is not normally allowed in marching band!" said Guilbeau, who is a South Jones HS graduate majoring in music.
Other hits the crowd will enjoy in the Maroon Typhoon's show, "Frankly Sinatra: A Very Good Year" include, "Luck Be a Lady," "A Very Good Year" and "I Get a Kick Out of You!"
Greene County freshman, Emily Batley loves Sinatra's swing band style of music and is familiar with all of his songs. She's "super" excited to be a part of the Maroon Typhoon this year.
"Transitioning to a large band was a nice surprise and the Sinatra theme is awesome. We all want to make Mr. Helmick happy and we love working hard for him. I feel like we're already one big happy family," said Batley.
Drum major, Tanner Crabtree from Gautier was not familiar with one of the best-selling artists of all time. However, he is impressed with the powerful opening number, "It was a Very Good Year."
"This year's show is very different from last year with the Bond theme. This is jazzy and there are some 'impact' parts in the ballad that are sure to impress," said Crabtree.
It's been a "very good year" so far for Pike County's La'Chyna Harness who has been busy as a band manager her freshman year. With 17 hours of classes on her plate, the clarinet player was afraid she couldn't be a part of the band as she pursued a degree in dentistry.
"It's really great to be a part of the band this year. There's so much enthusiasm I'm glad I didn't quit. I like this 'family'," said Harness.
Helmick agrees this season is going to be a very good year because he has a new assistant director of bands. "We welcome Lindsey Keay to the Bobcat family. She comes to the marching band bringing an outstanding attitude and experience with her from previous teaching in Texas and Louisiana," said Helmick.