Wednesday, December 15, 2010

McIntosh High School Piano Player Selected for State’s Highest Honor

Only one student in the entire state can play piano for the All State Jazz Band.

In January, Gerand McDowell will take to the stage in Savannah to give the performance of a lifetime as the chosen piano player for the band, which will play a concert during the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) In-Service Conference January 27-29.

McDowell, who attends McIntosh High, is the only student from the school ever chosen for the band. He is also the only student in Fayette County to make this year’s cut.

Among the pieces McDowell and the band will perform include “Milestones” by Miles Davis, “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder, and “Night in Tunisia” by Dizzy Gillespie.

In preparation for the concert, McDowell will learn under the direction of Rodney T. Whitaker, an internationally renowned bassist and Mack Avenue recording artist, who is the Professor of Jazz Bass and Director of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University.

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