Archive for the ‘Band’ Category

Watch Our Musicians Perform at Java Jazz

Watch Our Musicians Perform at Java Jazz

See a slideshow of images created by Maggie Dale from the Java Jazz concert held in the high school gym on March 29. Also listen to the music in the videos captured by Paige Zaruba. Java Jazz is a fundraiser for the music department.

Students of All Ages Play at Festival of Bands

Students of All Ages Play at Festival of Bands

By Maggie Dale At the Mount Vernon Festival of Bands, the sixth, seventh, eighth, high school, and jazz bands performed showcasing the musical progression through the grades. Under the direction of Scott Weber and Elise Rodenberg on Feb. 27, each band took turns performing the songs all of their hard work has gone into.  The […]

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 […]