I first attended a Missouri Music Educators Association conference in 1975, singing in Black & Gold Singers from Pleasant Lea Junior High in Lee’s Summit, with Verna Boten directing.
That conference, like most in the 1960s and 1970s, was at the Ramada Inn in Jefferson City. (See http://www.mmea.net/content/mmea-conference-history for more info on those conferences.) I have a recording of that concert, with typical 1970s music in three and four parts. I was singing high treble at the time!
Here’s what I looked like back then, in my Black & Gold Singers outfit:
Two years later, I appeared at MMEA twice in the same year, playing horn as a sophomore in the Lee’s Summit High School Orchestra one day (the performance included “Poet & Peasant” Overture by von Suppe), and the next day traveling to Jefferson City again to sing with the Boy’s Glee Club (now singing bass!) from LSHS. Again, I have recordings of these events, such as this one . . . . (The late, great Vance Riffie is conducting.) Continue reading MMEA