Elmore County High’s Maroon Machine band sat in for the judges at Benjamin Russell High Wednesday for the MPA, or music performance assessment, competition. Photo by David D. Goodwin
Elmore County High’s Maroon Machine band sat in for the judges at Benjamin Russell High Wednesday for the MPA, or music performance assessment, competition. Photo by David D. Goodwin

Maroon Machine focuses on concerts, fundraising

Published 10:41am Monday, March 25, 2013

With the days growing warmer, time is also growing shorter for the Maroon Machine to raise the $70,000 they need for a big summer trip to Washington D.C.
The Elmore County High band was invited to march through the nation’s capital in the National Independence Day Parade July 4. Nominated by U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, the Maroon Machine will be representing all of Alabama in the parade.
And band members and the band’s booster club are pulling out all the stops to gather the money. Monday night, they invited everyone to have dinner at Waffle House in Wetumpka, where half the cost of every meal from 6-10 p.m. went toward the band’s travel expenses. They raked in more than $500.
Sunday night, all youth were invited to Eclectic Skate Night at Skate Zone 2000 in Wetumpka from 7-10 p.m., with the proceeds helping pay the way to D.C.
“It’s such a great feeling to see that all our hard work pays off, so to leave someone at home because they can’t afford it isn’t an option,” Band Director Anthony Vittore said.
But there’s also music to attend to, concert music specifically. Last Wednesday, the band competed in the “MPA” contest at Benjamin Russell High in Alexander City.
It was the band’s first-ever “music performance assessment,” and Vittore said “they judge really hard.”

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