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Music events deserve a bigger crowd


February 26, 2012
Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

Being musically inclined and having been in some sort of band for the past 13 years, I've not only performed at many concerts but attended many of them out of pure interest.

Since coming to Northern Michigan University, I've notice that not many people go to the musical performances here.

My favorite music performances to attend are NMU Symphonic Band, NMU Jazz Band and my friends'senior recitals. The jazz band is always entertaining, between all the improv solos and - one time, at least - the coy trumpets throwing their jackets into the crowd before playing out.

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Where the jazz band is more show than other groups, the symphonic band is still very entertaining. They always seem to play a song that I've heard or played before. I always enjoy hearing a band play a song I'm familiar with.

But often after sitting through one of these concerts, I'll look around and see very few people in the theater who aren't friends of the band members or who aren't in a music class that requires students to go to concerts for credit.

I don't know why more people don't go to music performances at NMU.

There could be many factors responsible for this. It could be that the music department doesn't advertise their concerts well enough, or it could be that many people simply don't know where Reynolds Recital Hall is. But, no matter what the reason, I think more students and community members should go out and listen to the wide range of concerts on campus.

The students work hard to learn the music and get it just right within two months or less. Even when the director is out of town, the students still meet for class and hold their own practices. These musicians have a lot of dedication to their instruments and performances - whether they like the piece or not.

So I encourage you to go online to the NMU music department's website, pick out a performance that interests you, go to Hedgcock and enjoy the music-filled Reynolds Recital Hall.

Editor's note: Northern Michigan University student and Mining Journal Staff Writer Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500. Her email address is



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