JCJC Centennial Plans Include Alumni Band Reunion

Written By: Rebecca Patrick
Email Address: rebecca.patrick@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2011-06-10 09:09:54

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College is inviting anyone who ever participated in the college’s band program to come back to campus for a weekend reunion, September 23-24, as part of the Centennial Celebration.

According to information in the college yearbook, JCJC has had a band since 1931. Over the years, students have participated in marching, symphonic, concert and jazz bands. Auxiliary units of the band have included managers, drum majors, majorettes, feature twirlers, color guard and the Touch of Gold dance line. Since 1976, the marching band has been known as the Maroon Typhoon.

Numerous high profile performances by the band have brought national recognition to the college throughout the years. In 1955 and 1977, the marching band supported the Bobcat football teams at the Junior Rose Bowl games in Pasadena, CA. The group has also performed at every other bowl game in which the Bobcats played.

From the 1940’s through the 1960’s, the band marched several times in Mardi Gras parades in the New Orleans and Gulf Coast areas. Beginning in the 1990’s, and now known as the Maroon Typhoon, the band marched twice in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, twice in the King Orange Jamboree Parade, twice in the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade, and once each in the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Cotton Bowl game and parade, the 25th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Parade in Washington, D.C. and the Veterans Day Parade in New York City.

“We plan to put together an alumni band that will practice Saturday morning and perform that night at the Jones versus Co-Lin football game,” said Matthew Pickering, director of bands and JCJC band member from 1996-98. “Songs we are considering include ‘Arkansas Fight’ which is the fight song, the alma mater, ‘Georgia’ and ‘Precious Lord, Take My Hand.’”

The schedule includes a reunion banquet on Friday night, alumni band rehearsal Saturday morning and early afternoon, tailgating prior to the football game and an alumni band performance during the game. Although costs have not been finalized, reservations will be necessary for some of these events.

“A section will be reserved right next to the band at the football game,” Pickering said. “We hope some of our alumni will even join us in performing stand tunes, but participating in the alumni band is not necessary for attending the reunion. We want everyone to come back, renew friendships, swap stories and have a great time reminiscing about their days at Jones.”
Reunion information can be obtained by contacting the JCJC Alumni Office by phone at
601-477-4049 or via e-mail at maroontyphoonalumni@jcjc.edu.

Former members can also receive updates by joining the Facebook group page JCJC Maroon Typhoon Alumni Band and Reunion.

 

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