JCJC’s Maroon Typhoon Band Exhibition – A Very Good Year

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2014-08-28 13:18:13

ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Maroon Typhoon Marching Band is off to a “Very Good Year” as they officially begin marching season with the first JCJC home football game, Saturday, September 6, at 7 p.m. against Itawamba Community College.  Following the recent sneak preview for band parents and fans at the annual Band Exhibition, Director of Bands, Jonathan Helmick said he was thrilled with the response to this year’s show preview, “Frankly Sinatra: A Very Good Year.” 

“This year’s show pays tribute to old “Blue Eyes,” Frank Sinatra, on the eve of Sinatra’s 100th birthday,” said Helmick.  “The band and the audience seemed to enjoy themselves which is the beginnings of a ‘very good year’!”


JCJC sophomore, Caleb Guilbeau of Ellisville is the trumpet soloist on one of his favorite Sinatra tunes, “Fly Me to the Moon.”  He also is the central focus as the Touch of Gold dancers include him in their routine during some of old “blue eyes” hit songs.


“We sound just like Sinatra’s music and yet it’s more musical, technical and fun!” said Guilbeau, who is a South Jones HS graduate majoring in music.


Other hits the crowd will enjoy in the Maroon Typhoon’s show, include, “Luck Be a Lady,” “A Very Good Year” and “I Get a Kick Out of You!”

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 jazzy and there are some ‘impact’ parts in the ballad that are sure to impress,” said Crabtree.


Helmick said is also happy to introduce a new assistant director of bands this marching season.  “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. 


For more information about the Maroon Typhoon, contact the JCJC Fine Arts Office at: 601-477-4094.






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