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Three Cadets Named to State Music Festival Lineup

The results are in from last week’s District Music Festival at Mexico High School and three Missouri Military Academy cadets will compete for a state title in their specialty.  Chad Cardott ’14, Daniel Diaz ’13, and John O’Leary ’13 are slated to perform for a title at the University of Missouri April 25.

Cardott will compete in the trombone competition, Diaz in the clarinet competition, and O’Leary will be offering his piano performance for the judges’ consideration.  All three received the highest rating, ‘1’ (superior), for their performances in the district festival.  Those competitors with superior ratings move on to the state contest.

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Pictured (L to R): MAJ Mike Shoemaker, O’Leary, Diaz, Cardott, CPT Josh Yancey

“All of our cadets put in an extraordinary amount of extra time honing their skills to perfect their respective solos and ensembles,” Band Director CPT Josh Yancey said.  “[MAJ Shoemaker] and I couldn’t be more proud.”

Additional cadets were recognized for their performance in the district competition.  Six cadets, and MMA’s brass quintet, received ‘2’ ratings (excellent).  Two others, and the saxophone quartet, were awarded ‘3’ (good) ratings.

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Front row (L to R, category/rating): Shoemaker, Jacob Phillips (vocal, 2), O’Leary (piano, 1), Dallas Lopez (vocal, 3), Cody Olson (brass quintet, 2), Rick Massey-Scott (vocal, 2), Jacob Conyers (saxophone quarter, 3), Yun Il Jeon (tenor sax, 2), Gavin Hendee (trombone, 2), Yancey. Second row (L to R): Blake Bibles (saxophone quarter, 3), Daniel Diaz (clarinet, 1), Kotaro Kasamatsu (vocal, 2), Chad Cardott (trombone, 1), John Dillon (brass quintet, 2), Tony Vaughan (brass quintet, 2), Austin Teague (tuba, 2)

Cadets March in Missouri Governor’s Inaugural Parade

Over the years the participation in one major event at the state level has become sort of a tradition at Missouri Military Academy.  Cadets have always marched in the gubernatorial inauguration parade in Jefferson City, Mo.  This year, the MMA Battalion Staff, Color Guard, and Band displayed their parade skills for re-elected Missouri governor Jay Nixon.

The band followed the staff and Color Guard, playing military tunes.   Band director CPT Josh Yancey and 1SG Alan Hakes accompanied the group for the parade, which snaked through downtown Jefferson City before passing the Missouri State Capitol building where the Governor’s reviewing stand was located (below).

PHOTOS:  Click here for more photos from the parade

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Missouri Military Academy cadets march in front of the Missouri State Capitol building during Governor Jay Nixon’s inaugural parade, January 14, 2013.

Veterans Day Recap

Want to know what the Corps was doing this past weekend to honor American veterans?  Whether it was the Battalion Review at the Missouri Veterans Home, a celebratory parade in St. Louis, or the Railsplitters re-enacting in Ottawa, Kan., the cadets did not forget about the men and women who have fought for freedom in the United States.

Click this link to our Flickr page for a full photo recap of this weekend’s events.

The MMA Band and Color Guard marched in a Veterans Day parade in Florissant, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis. Several members of the Battalion Staff also made the trip. (Photo by Eagle photographer Jacob Taylor ’13)

MMA Band Takes Show on the Road

The Missouri Military Academy band is no stranger to traveling around the state showcasing their talents.  For its first trip of the school year, the band marched in the 64th annual Hannibal Marching Band Festival in Hannibal, Mo.  Under the direction of CPT Josh Yancey, cadets entertained the town’s residents with a number of rousing selections.

PHOTOS:  Click here for more from the band’s trip to Hannibal

WEB EXTRA:  Here’s a link to the Hannibal Courier-Post’s recap of the festival, including quotes from MMA band members

Band director CPT Josh Yancey (far left) accompanies Jean-Luc Shyaka ’18 (center) and Rodrigo Marroquin ’17 (right) as they lead the band through downtown Hannibal.  (Photo by MAJ Mike Shoemaker)

Teacher of the Month – March

Our “Teacher of the Month” for March is our Band Director, LT Josh Yancey.  This is Josh’s second year at MMA.  He is responsible for Middle School and High School Band.  He also oversees our Private Music program.  Josh is involved in various aspects of MMA:  military reviews, musical/dramatic events, musical concerts and special weekends hosted by MMA. Josh puts in long hours and strives to develop a great band for MMA.  Josh also has a passion for music of all kinds – opera, musicals, rock and jazz.  Hats off to Josh’s good work at the Academy.