Luke Helker

Staff Writer

The halls of the Winter Visual & Performing Arts Center were buzzing with sound. Besides the sounds of the students laboring away rehearsing this year’s production of Rent, two different student organizations held a joint event in an effort to raise canned goods for the holiday season.

Bands performed at canned food drive last week at the VPAC.
Bands performed at canned food drive last week at the VPAC.

Members of NAfME (National Association for Music Education) and MMP (Marauder Music Productions) curated a concert showcasing a variety of student performers. Despite being housed in the same building, there is a lot of overlap between the extracurricular activity schedules of the music education majors and the music business majors, making it difficult for events like this to take place. However, the joint initiative between the two organization was a refreshing partnership that will produce more events similar to this in the future.

The concert was launched with a brass quintet performing “Stars and Stripes Forever,” which was very appropriate considering this concert fell on the same day as Veteran’s Day. Following that was Nick & The Blackhearts who performed a cover of “Old Time Rock n’ Roll” by Bob Seeger. Scattered amongst the rest of this eclectic program included a saxophone quartet, another brass quintet, a female acoustic duo covering 21 Pilots, a small band performance of “Skyfall” and Chromatic Expansion, Millersville’s student run vocal ensemble.

The capstone of the evening was a ska-funk group called the Big Fat Meanies. They were by far the loudest group to play, but really got the crowd moving. The audience was blown away at how tight of an ensemble they were. They helped end the program on a high note and close out a spectacular program. Those in attendance surely got a taste of everything the music department has to offer and hopefully this new partnership between NAfME and MMP will yield more showcases such as this.

NAfME is a national organization dedicated to the advancement of music education across the country. They encourage everyone and anyone to study and create music and establish national initiatives in order to create a well-balanced and comprehensive educators. Millersville’s chapter is lead by student president Elijah Green.

MMP provides students opportunities to immerse themselves in different aspects of the music business in ways that can’t be taught in the classroom. The organization organizes multiple shows and concerts throughout the year, conducts master classes on a variety of subjects and creates compilation CDs that feature many different student performers. Their president Joe Migliore assured that MMP will be doing a lot of new and exciting things to keep on the radar next semester so keep you eyes and ears open for what they have in store.

The concert also raised a ton of canned goods that will be donated to those in need this coming holiday season.