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Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Inaugural Jazz Fest

Lures Trumpet Great

Ross Boissoneau - May 12th, 2014  


Northwestern Michigan College’s first-ever jazz festival is reeling them in from all over, including world-renowned trumpeter and Interlochen alum Walter White.

The two-day festival, which coincides with the annual NMC BBQ, features area high school jazz bands, the college’s big band and vocal jazz ensemble, plus NMC faculty and guests.

White, who is the former lead trumpet player for the legendary Maynard Ferguson, will be bringing his little big band, Small Medium @LARGE. When he appeared as a soloist four years ago, it marked the first-ever sold-out show for any NMC music ensemble.

“I always love playing up there,” he said. The festival is the brainchild of Mike Hunter, NMC’s director of jazz ensembles. Although he is retiring this year to focus more on composing and arranging, he said the festival is a “great opportunity” for area students.

“They will get to see and learn from the best,” he said. White’s rhythm section will be backing up the NMC Vocal Jazz Ensemble on “Baroque Samba.” The challenging “All Blues” will feature him as a soloist with the singers, with instrumental muscle courtesy of the NMC Big Band.

The first show is at Milliken Auditorium on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30pm, with the college big band and vocal jazz ensemble opening for White and his group. Tickets for the show are $20 and are available at the Milliken box office.

The Sunday, May 17 concerts, also at Milliken Auditorium, begin at 1:30pm with high school bands from Forest Area, Kingsley and Elk Rapids. The college’s jazz lab band will follow, with a group of NMC faculty and guests wrapping up the festival. Admission to the Sunday show is free.

 
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