JCJC’s Maroon Typhoon Marching Band boasts record numbers

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2018-08-22 19:55:37

ELLISVILLE – The Maroon Typhoon Marching Band earned its moniker after being named the Number One Junior College in the state in 1976. This year’s group is sure to continue the tradition of having a bold and full sound because it is one of the largest bands in recent history with 212 members. To add to this amazing accomplishment is the fact the majority of band members are majoring in programs other than fine arts.

“The Maroon Typhoon always makes an impact with a big sound and energy and we’re really excited about this year’s band. Our members’ skill level, attitude and the talent level is incredible. This has been the best band camp ever!” said JCJC Director of Bands, Dr. Ben Burge.

Percussion students met an additional three days prior to band camp with rehearsals beginning the end of July and culminating with full band camp August 5 through August 13. All of the extra preparation helps ensure students are conforming to JCJC’s style of marching and performance, providing the audience with a spectacular show.

“This year’s show, ‘Heathens’ features recognizable hits from the 90’s and 2010’s punk, rock, grunge genre. It will also have a more ‘collegiate’ look on the field with more symmetry and a different opening. We want to challenge the band while also providing an entertaining show for the audience,” said Burge. “Also, the music arrangements feature some very creative electronic sound design and the band has been working to incorporate visuals and movement to enhance what the audience hears. I think the audience will appreciate the versatility of the compositions. The show has something fast, something grooving, something slow and ballad-like and something up tempo and fun!”

The percussion section is featured throughout the show and the front ensemble is very involved with the performance this season. The audience will definitely notice their contribution in traditional and electronic instrumentation. The pre-game show focuses on the traditional JCJC cheers and the National Anthem with the Touch of Gold and Color Guard being featured during the performance of the Billy Idol classic, “Rebel Yell.”  The pace changes with the opening of the half-time show with grunge rock hits, “In the End” by Linkin Park and 21 Pilot’s hit "Heathens.” The Touch of Gold dance team’s upbeat playful performance to Offspring’s “Come Out N Play” perks up the audience before mellowing the mood with a unique performance by two drum majors. Scarlet Sandifer of Laurel and Jorge Castillo of Moselle will drop their maces and pick up their instruments for a unique, featured performance of the rock ballad duet, “Broken” by Seether and Amy Lee of Evanessence. The Maroon Typhoon will close the program with the Fall Out Boy’s hit, “Thanks for the Memories.”

Additionally, the Maroon Typhoon performances are enhanced by feature twirlers, Carley Carpenter of Leroy, Alabama and Alyssa Webb of D’Iberville. Drum majors returning from last year include super-sophomore Jorge Castillo, and sophomore, John Harrison from Laurel. Joining the group this year is freshmen Lynda Bazor from New Augusta and super-sophomore, Scarlett Sandifer.

JCJC Director of Bands, Dr. Burge is joined by Associate Director of Bands, Dr. Lindsey Keay in her fifth year, and second-year percussion director, Kristopher Grant, along with instruction provided by Dr. Patrick Richards. The JCJC flag-spinning color guard group is under the direction of Juna Broome and Lora Davis choreographs the Touch of Gold dance team.

Upcoming performances of the Maroon Typhoon include the annual “Meet the Bobcats” event to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 23, at the C.L. Neill Student Center Plaza. Bobcat fans will also have the opportunity to meet the Bobcat football and soccer teams, along with the cheerleaders, Maroon Typhoon Marching Band and Touch of Gold Dance team. The event is free and open to the public. The first home game at JCJC is on Thursday, August 30 against Coahoma Community College at 7 p.m. in Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field. For more information about the Maroon Typhoon, contact the JCJC Fine Arts Office at 601-477-4203 or Dr. Ben Burge at 601-477-4095. 


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