Cincinnati area music students to play for music teachers

February 5, 2014 by  

Music teachers are in for a treat when they attend their upcoming conference -namely a performance by the Loveland Middle School Jazz Band.

The 26-piece group is the only jazz band from a middle school that has been awarded the honor of playing for the Ohio Music Educators Association, a prestigious group. Loveland is about 23 miles from Cincinnati.

Chris Burke, the school principal, notes this marks the third occasion on which the school’s Jazz Band has been honored in this way, and everyone is thrilled at being recognized for their hard work. He adds that the selection reflects particularly well on music teacher Bruce Maegly, who has worked tirelessly to bring the young musicians to a high level of competence.

Maegly added that it was a singular honor to perform before a group comprised of one’s peers, because they have the musical knowledge to catch any errors the band might make. This would enable them to correct the mistakes before a public performance. He also noted that rehearsals would take many additional hours beyond what they normally put in.

The band is slated to perform at 3.45 pm on Friday, February 7 at the OMEA Conference, which will be held in Columbus at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and takes as its theme ‘Building the Future of Music Education’.

School officials might work with brochure printers to create a mailer to area residents discussing the band and opportunities for young musicians.