The Meridian Community College Jazz Band is an instrumental ensemble with a long history. In 1984 the band played at the World’s Fair in New Orleans and was featured on the 100th Anniversary Concert Series at Carnegie Hall in New York, March of 1991. Auditions are necessary for this ensemble, and are open to MCC students on first priority basis. The band has been invited five times to play at the “Jazz in the Grove” festival which is a nationally recognized event. We bring in a nationally known artist to be featured with the band in the fall or early spring every year. Five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, and a rhythm section comprise the unit. Scholarships are also available for this group.
The Meridian Community College Band was organized in January of 1981, under the direction of Carey Smith. After Smith's retirement the band is now under the direction of Jonathan Romero, it has averaged 65-80 players since the beginning. The season for the concert band runs from January to July with rehearsals on Sunday afternoon from 2-4 pm. The MCC Band had the distinct honor of playing for President Bush in December of 1991. High school students looking for more playing time and sight-reading may participate on a limited basis (dependent on instrumentation) with a recommendation from their band director. We try to meet the community needs both as listeners and performers and highly encourage community support through attendance and participation.