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‘Band-O-Rama’ swings into MCHS with Big Band rhythm

Mikaela Rierson

Hang onto your hats and start those feet tapping. The Moffat County High School Marching Band is tuning up for Band-O-Rama, an indoor concert scheduled for Tuesday at the high school.

In rehearsal last week, the band was belted out a jazzy rhythm of that 1940s big swing favorite, Zoot Suit Riot. The rest of the Band-O-Rama program promises to be just as lively, with lots of shoulder-moving tunes Sing, Sing, Sing, Rock This Town, Spanish Fire, It Don’t Mean A Thing, Born To Be Wild, Secret Agent Man.

To top it all off, the flag bearers will twirl their colors to the band’s field-show music featuring a Latin theme.

“We perform Band-O-Rama for the public to enjoy, and because a lot of parents can’t make it to football games,” music instructor Bill Toovey said.

According to Toovey, music gives students a different outlet and a change from sitting behind a desk.

“Music helps their creativity,” he said. “It’s called the ‘Mozart Effect.'”

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Toovey referred to a 1993 study by neurobiologists at the University of California at Irvine who reported that listening to a Mozart sonata enhanced college students’ scores on a spatial thinking test. Although the study said nothing about brain development, parents began playing Mozart for their babies and unborn children, hoping to give them an early intellectual edge.

Follow up studies at Appalachian State University and Harvard found no correlation between Mozart listeners and IQ.

A significant finding was the discovery of an unmistakable link between music and spatial intelligence. Spatial intelligence is the ability to perceive the visual world accurately, to form mental images of physical objects, and to recognize variations of objects all highly critical learning skills.

But the audience at Band-O-Rama won’t need to think spatially. All they have to do is close their eyes and swing, swing, swing.

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