Come join the band! Madison Winds seeks musicians of all stripes
By Kathryn McBroom
Wait! Before you sell that old clarinet you’ve had since high school or throw away the stacks of sheet music your child left when they moved off to college, consider the some exciting news from one group of local citizens.
Morgan County Middle School principal Joe Hutcheson, along with several friends, is organizing an adult community band. With performances that will be exclusive to Madison only, Hutcheson had the idea after recognizing the large percentage of musicians that live in Morgan County. Called the Madison Winds, the band is meant to be a fun, low stress way for many of Madison’s part-time musicians to get together a few times a year.
After seeing Ann Huff, Madison’s Main Street Director, at Town Park’s Christmas Caroling event, he mentioned his idea. Madison Winds’ debut will take place on June 2nd, as the “grand finale” of Town Park’s spring concert series.
“This is not a long term commitment,” said Hutcheson.
“I don’t want any adult to see it and say, ‘oh, I can’t do that.’ All we’re doing is preparing for this one event and we’ll see how it goes after that.”
Without any advertising, the band has already acquired 50 members, including Morgan County High School band director Scott Ellis, and Morgan County School Superintendent Stan DeJarnett. Using MCMS’s band room as practice space as well as sheet music from the band programs at both MCMS and MCHS, the Madison Winds only needs sponsors to help out with the advertising for their June 2nd performance.
Even with 50 members, Madison Winds is still actively seeking new members, especially those who play “color instruments” like the oboe, bassoon, and bass clarinet.
Describing their songs of choice as “crowd friendly,” Hutcheson said they will be playing “marches, Broadway show tunes, movies themes” and much more.
A saxophonist himself, Hutcheson noted the advantages of being able to kick back in a low pressure environment and play with friends as one of the many reasons to join the band.
“What do I do as a release? I play music,” said Hutcheson, adding that even people who “haven’t played in 10 years” are welcome to join. The Madison Winds will begin practicing together on Tuesday, March 1st and practice every other Tuesday after that until their June performance.
Madison Winds’ website, madisonwinds.org, is under construction. But those seeking more information can look on their Facebook page or email Hutcheson at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Printed in the January 27 edition.