On any given Monday night you will find the members of the Mississippi Community Symphonic Band rehearsing in the band hall of Ridgeland High School in Madison County. The overriding reason for these rehearsals is to prepare for their next concert. But the real reasons these people give up a night a week to come to rehearse are probably as varied as the people in here. And the Community Symphonic Band is a real cross section of the community. For instance, by day, John Davis is a pilot. But every Monday night he plays bassoon in the band. This is his release valve.
John Davis: Well, a lot of us have stresses at our jobs and this is a way of just stress relief. Something to do every week. Something to look forward to away from our jobs, away from our family, away from our everyday life. You know. It's something else to do.
Walt: The conductor is David Miller. He majored in music and taught for a few years in Florida before re-joining the air force for his career. His attraction to playing and performing is probably universal with the group.
David Miller: People can get out of music. But you'll never get the music out of the people.
Walt: That is a tie with everybody here. They are all musicians on the side. They played in high school or college and then graduated and went on with life. But still have an urge to play. And no matter who else they are in the daytime, on Monday night's they are a band.
David Miller: We have at least a half a dozen closer to a dozen physicians, doctors. We have attorneys in here. We have security guards. We have nurses. Nurse practitioners. We have professional musicians. We have retirees. We have retired financial planners. It's got Mississippi in the title because we want to encompass the entire state. It's "Community Band" because a community band has a specific meaning. It's basically amateur. We are not a professional group. Nobody in here is paid. We put on at least five concerts a year. They're all free. Free admission, free parking. But we do survive on donations.
Walt: They play for free and for the fun of it. And the translation of that fun is a part of what the audience gets for free at one of their concerts of the Mississippi Community Symphonic Band.
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:20 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:20:27 GMT
Judge Bill Gowan's Hinds County courtroom is in session for the 6th day of the James Hutto murder trial. Hutto, who is known for making obnoxious outbursts in court, has already made several erraticMore >>
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Friday, May 24 2013 9:46 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:46:35 GMT
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The names for the 2013 North Atlantic hurricane season.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:30 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:30:42 GMT
Yesterday we first told you about two parents of Boyd Elementary school students, who say their children were sexually assaulted by another student. The parents were furious that no action had been takenMore >>
Thursday we first told you about two parents of Boyd Elementary school students, who say their children were sexually assaulted by another student. The parents were furious that no action had been taken on their cases. Today more parents are speaking out about their children also falling victims.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:22 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:22:29 GMT
James Hutto interrupted his own capital murder trial Tuesday morning, angry that judge Bill Gowan decided against the admissibility of certain evidence. "None of that matters? F***. I don't give a f***More >>
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Friday, May 24 2013 9:19 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:19:22 GMT
A Vicksburg man was killed in a one vehicle accident on I-20 in Warren County Friday afternoon.Forty-nine-year-old Johnny Johnson was traveling westbound when he lost control of his 2004 Chevrolet at mileMore >>
A Vicksburg man was killed in a one vehicle accident on I-20 in Warren County Friday afternoon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:33 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:33:13 GMT
A battle of words from the attorneys representing Jackson Police Officer Terrance Crump and Shane Patrick. Crump's attorney Warren Martin says Patrick yelled racial slurs when walking out of the store.More >>
A battle of words from the attorneys representing Jackson Police Officer Terrance Crump and Shane Patrick has sparked after both parties claim they were the victim in a fight at an Edwards gas station. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:04 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:04:01 GMT
Friday morning, Paul Williams told viewers it would be beautiful, summerlike Mississippi day. That was his last forecast for WLBT. Paul is leaving to become the Chief Meteorologist at the ABC affiliateMore >>
Friday morning, Paul Williams told viewers it would be beautiful, summerlike Mississippi day. That was his last forecast for WLBT. Paul is leaving to become the Chief Meteorologist at the ABC affiliate in Memphis.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:17:09 GMT
A wreck involving a Hinds County Deputy happened on Highway 80 in Brandon, Friday afternoon. The female deputy's cruiser collided with another car. The front bumper of the cruiser was barely hangingMore >>
A wreck involving a Hinds County Deputy happened on Highway 80 in Brandon, Friday afternoon. The female deputy's cruiser collided with another car.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 2:58 PM EDT2013-05-25 18:58:48 GMT
Jefferson County Community Work Center inmate MELVIN TONEY, MDOC #K1985, left from the facility, in Fayette at approximately 6:00 a.m. today. TONEY was last seen wearing MDOC state-issued green and whiteMore >>
Authorities are searching for a MS Department of Corrections inmate who escaped this morning.