JCJC’s Maroon Typhoon “Bonded” with exhibition crowd

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2013-08-30 06:28:54

ELLISVILLE – The “bond” between the Jones County Junior College Maroon Typhoon Marching Band and its fans was evident at its annual Band Exhibition as the Sim Cooley/Bobcat football stadium was filled with family and friends. In years’ past faithful fans endured many stormy previews, but this year’s weather was perfect and the performance of “Bonded!” was right on target. JCJC’s new director of bands, Jonathan Helmick was beaming with pride as the 180-member band blew the crowd away with its sneak preview of this year’s show.


It was a great evening for espionage! In all seriousness, I am excited for a terrific season - truly. The students have put together a sensational show in just two and a half weeks. There was a lot to be pleased with tonight: the performance, the support of the President, staff, alumni, and local area band directors. I think the best reward was the response from students afterwards. ‘Are we going to learn the rest of the show tomorrow?’ That's how you know they are excited!” said Helmick.

This year’s show will highlight hits from the more than 50-years of James Bond and the ladies that made him famous with guest appearances from icons in several of the classic films.  The crowd at the Exhibition enjoyed favorites such as “Live and Let Die!” as well as the band’s 20 year-old tradition of the pre-game song,“2001:A Space Odyssey,” fanfare and new songs like Santana’s hit, “Everybody’s Everything,” featuring the stunning Touch of Gold dancers.  Fans will enjoy additional hits like “Skyfall,” “Secret Agent Man,” “Theme from Peter Gunn,” “Live and Let Die” and “For Your Eyes Only” at each home football game performance, beginning Saturday, September 14.

“I am thrilled to be a part of a program that has such a rich tradition of excellence with a flair for being original. Everyone seems to love watching this band perform and I am proud to be a part of such a talented and wonderful group of students.” Helmick said.

For more information call the JCJC Fine Arts Office at 601-477-4094.



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