Mantra

Music City Mystique, one of the fathers of indoor percussion, is eager to begin the 2011 season. Josh Nelson, Executive Director, said “We are really excited about this year – McM’s 17th year in WGI competition. We are further along in the design process at this point than we have been in a long time. I am excited that we have a strong group of returning members with great leadership skills, and I am looking forward to meeting all the new faces. This year’s show is shaping up to be one the audiences will never forget.”

This season’s production, Mantra, is arranged by Shane Gwaltney and Erik Johnson. The show will take the audience on a journey of inner peace and conflict as they travel with the performers on their expedition for personal empowerment. Rich colors used in the design will create a palette that is opulent, yet eloquent and vivid with imagery.

The word mantra in the most literal sense means “to free from the mind.” The mind expands, deepens, widens, and eventually dips into the soul of cosmic existence. On its journey, the mind comes to understand much about the essence of the vibration of things. And, knowledge, as we all know, is power. In the case of mantra, this power is tangible and wieldable.

Three additional staff members are joining the Music City Mystique program this season. Don Click, WGI Hall of Fame member and co-founder of McM, will be assisting the design team. Handling all Electronica and hailing as Programming Specialist will be Tony Nunez. Tony is the director of South Hills High School, the 2010 WGI PSO champion. A strong leader in the McM ensemble from 2008-2010 and now joining as a bass tech is Chris Watson. Chris also served as a staff member this summer at Blue Stars and teaches at Fred J. Page High School.

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