Congratulations to MCHS Junior Owen Cody for auditioning and being selected to the NAfME All-National Honor Modern Band, held in Washington, DC. "Selected to perform in the 2022 All-National Honor Ensembles are 543 of the most musically accomplished high school students in the United States." MCHS Jazz Ensemble Director Mr. Kelley Ray, who suggested Owen audition, was selected as a chaperone for the conference.
Owen performed on keyboard with the 14-member Modern Band to an audience well over 1,000. The Modern Band was conducted by Dr. Bryan Powell and Dr. Raina Murnak. The remaining All-National Honor Ensembles students performed in the Guitar Ensemble, Mixed Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Concert Band.
The Modern Band's 45-minute set comprised of "The Chain" by Fleetwood Mac, "Peg" by Steely Dan, "Still into You" by Paramore, "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" by Journey, "Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Roberta Flack, "Them Changes" by Thundercat, "Balcony" by Jason Takao, "Say So" by Doja Cat, and "Levitating" by Dua Lipa.