Leap Day seems like a good time for a grab-bag column
by Justin McGill, General Manager -- jmcgill@cadizrecord.com
Feb 29, 2012 | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An area band with a Trigg County connection was chosen to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York last weekend.

The Madisonville-North Hopkins High School concert and symphonic band auditioned for and were selected to be part of the New York Wind Band Festival.

The MNHHS band is led by Alan Emerson, husband of Cadiz native and 1999 Trigg County High School graduate Sarah (Bowers) Emerson. Sarah serves as color guard instructor for the MNHHS marching band.

The band was the first high school ensemble in the history of the event to be selected to perform as a Feature Showcase Ensemble.

The band performed two world premiers – Pasodobles para Santa Cecilia y los Heroes de Espana, by world renowned composer Stephen Melillo, who conducted the band in its performance, and Here We Rest by Anthony Barfield. University of Alabama trombone professor Jon Whitaker performed with the band on that piece.

Congrats to Alan, Sarah and the band on this remarkable achievement.

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On Saturday, Emily, Brody and I took a trip to Cookeville, Tenn., to see the Murray State basketball team play Tennessee Tech.

My initial intention was to avoid attending any other Racer games this season. We went to the Feb. 9 game in Murray against Tennessee State. It was the first time this season we’d been able to make it to a game.

That’s right. our first Racer game of the season was the only one they’ve lost so far.

I’m only superstitious when I feel my presence or actions have caused a negative outcome, particularly with my favorite sports teams. For a while, it stood to reason that the loss was my fault.

But who could pass up free tickets to the MSU-TTU game, particularly when they were two rows from the floor?

Of course, it was Tech’s Senior Night, so it was a close game throughout. The Racers trailed by 10 points early in the second half but pulled out a victory.

The curse, if there ever was one, is apparently broken. But I won’t be pushing my luck. The Ohio Valley Conference Tournament is in Nashville this week. I’ll watch and cheer from home.

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It occurs to me that Leap Day is a squandered marketing opportunity.

Think about it. We live in a country where suppliers create a supposed demand simply by making non-holidays into supposed money-saving sales events.

President’s Day Sales? Give me a break.

Leap Day comes once every four years, skipping years divisible by 100 that are not also divisible by 400 (MATH!). It seems like a natural opportunity to offer some crazy prices on stuff that is already overpriced, allowing us to buy things for what they should cost in the first place.

And I understand the irony of being a businessman who complains about a lack of Leap Day offers without offering one of his own. Sorry, guys.

Justin McGill is general manager of The Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at jmcgill@cadizrecord.com.
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