Saturday, April 12, 2014


MAYHEW – The time has never been better for the Mighty Lion Band to come to the Golden Triangle.

East Mississippi Community College’s band will play its first public concert at the Golden Triangle campus April 17 at 7 p.m.

The free, hour-long performance will feature the EMCC Jazz Band and Symphonic Winds.

“We want to celebrate bridging the gap between the two campuses. We’re a tighter-knit family with the transportation of band members from the Golden Triangle campus to the Scooba campus. It’s a good opportunity to show the GT campus, students and their parents what our band program is all about,” said Steve Stringer, EMCC’s director of bands.

East Mississippi Community College’s Mighty Lion Band marches in the Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade last year in Philadelphia, Pa. The band’s Jazz Band and Symphonic Winds groups will play their first-ever concert at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus April 17. Admission is free and open to the public.

Last year EMCC rolled out a new trio of band scholarships aimed at increasing the band’s numbers. It also marked the first year EMCC provided transportation to Golden Triangle band students, enabling them to attend band practice and events in Scooba without running up large fuel bills.

Stringer said he invites all Golden Triangle area high school seniors and their parents to attend the concert and stick around afterward to ask questions.

“I would encourage anyone who wants to be a part of an enriching band experience in college to talk to us and see what we have to offer,” said Stringer.

During the concert, the Jazz Band will play a range of standards and classics along with contemporary hits “that everyone will recognize.” The Symphonic Winds will offer an assortment of hymns and contemporary masterworks.