Archive for the ‘Band’ Category

Mount Vernon Sends Seven to All State

Mount Vernon Sends Seven to All State

By Elijah Dorn-Recalde Two weeks ago the Iowa All-State concert of 2017 took place, and seven students were selected from Mount Vernon to participate. Martin Benesh, made 11th Chair for Bass after 3 years of getting into All-State, and Zach Vig made 9th chair for Viola. were selected for choir. Rehearsal at Ames began for […]

Rood’s Got Talent

Rood’s Got Talent

By Maggie Dale One could say that freshman Jasper Rood was born to act. His mom was from Iowa and his dad from Wisconsin, but they met in New York City, where they had each moved to pursue acting in the late ‘90s. His parents started dating when they were cast opposite each other in […]

Marching Mustangs Compete with Moonwalk Show

Marching Mustangs Compete with Moonwalk Show

By Maddie Naeve The Marching Mustangs spent most of their Saturday preparing and performing at the Bands Across the Prairie competition. The competition was held at Prairie on Sept. 30. The band placed second in the class 3A division with a score of 74.20. Drum majors senior Tori Steiner, junior Quinnie Rodman and sophomore Kode […]

Band members proud of halftime show

Band members proud of halftime show

By Brian Harris Boom! Boom! The drum rumbles, bodies jerk in unnatural ways like the undead yet, together in sync as the Mount Vernon marching band performs “Thriller” for the halftime show. The Mount Vernon marching band prepares for their half time performance extensively because they want it to be almost perfect when they perform. […]

A Friend You Can Count On

A Friend You Can Count On

By Ben McGuire For many students at Mount Vernon one person stands out as the ultimate friend, senior Aaron Barnhart. He has built many close relationships in baseball, band, choir, and speech. “He is always super caring,” said senior Jenna Baumler. “Whenever I’ve had a problem he’s always been there to help me out,” said […]

Mustangs March in the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade

Mustangs March in the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade

By Emma Klinkhammer On Nov. 22 after weeks of practice and preparation, Mount Vernon’s marching band packed up and headed to Chicago. Two days later, they were marching in the city’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, which was broadcasted live on WGN. Besides the honor of marching in the parade, they also got to spend time […]

Magical Night Showcases Student Talent

Magical Night Showcases Student Talent

By Lexi Flockhart On Thursday Dec. 1, Magical Night took place in uptown Mount Vernon. Magical Night is when families come together to celebrate Christmas and when students show off their talents. Businesses also open up their doors, allowing our music students to play their instruments and showcase their voices in holiday songs. At the […]

Dedication, Hard Work Pay Off in All-State Recognition

Dedication, Hard Work Pay Off in All-State Recognition

By Maggie Dale The dark, rich sound of the clarinet is what characterizes it amongst the array of other instruments.  It plays a critical part in the instrumentation of a concert band. Yet, middle schoolers starting to play usually sound more like, “tweet, tweet, SQUAWK!” Mikayla Flockhart was an average middle school clarinetist, initially more interested […]

Color Guard Sparkles in Performance

Color Guard Sparkles in Performance

By Summer Everhart “It took three shampoos and two conditioners just to get the tangle out, and 2 weeks later I still had glitter in my hair,” said sophomore, Erin Fencl, when talking about the sacrifices one makes if she is a Mount Vernon Color Guard member. Color Guard members struggle to get the perfect […]

Marching Band Places Third in Competition

Marching Band Places Third in Competition

By Paige Zaruba The Marching Mustangs placed third out of eight Class 3A bands Saturday at Mount Pleasant. The 97 members of the band performed four songs at competition. Drum majors Chelsea Wallace, Tori Steiner, and Quinnie Rodman conduct and lead the band through performances on Friday nights and some Saturdays. Wallace, a senior, has […]