Allegan junior wins state honors for composition

Virginia Ransbottom, Staff Writer

Allegan High School band members will perform music composed by one of their own during the 2015 Honors Composition Concert hosted by the Michigan Music Education Association at Amway Grand Plaza’s Ambassador Ballroom on Jan. 24.

Conducting “Grass and Goodwinds” will be Christian MacCartny who composed it.

“It’s a play on the words Brass and Woodwinds and is also a natural piece representing nature,” MaCartny said. “The first movement is of the sunrise which starts with two soloists who join together, then the music grows with more people added—like waking up in the morning.

“The second movement is play time and I thought of the jungle when I first wrote it.”
For a band member to win a spot in the concert is a first in the 13 years Andrea Mack has been band director.

“It’s a huge deal,” Mack said. “Students from all over the state submitted recordings.”

Mack said MacCartny has exceptional talents for a high school student.

“He has written two other pieces that we have performed in previous concerts,” she said. “One was a French horn ensemble and one was a full band piece.”

MacCartny aspires to be a music composer and director, preferably for a symphonic band or orchestra, and he’s certainly on his way.

The junior will be conducting the piece in front of hundreds of music teachers and musicians attending the ticketed world-class Michigan Music Conference.

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For full story, pick up a copy of the Dec. 18 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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