Loveland, Ohio - Last week the Loveland Early Childhood Center (LEEC) honored one of the most all-time beloved Loveland school teachers who retired this week after 35 years; the founder of the Loveland Middle School Stage Band... "Mr. M."
If you say, "Stage Band" or "Jazz Band" in Loveland, thousands of people think of Bruce Maegly.
Upon hearing their children play in the Stage Band for the first time, many parents were amazed that their children could play so well. They have become so llegendary they have groupies and a cult following . The repertoire consists of a lot of the traditionl swing music popular in the WWII era with a full big band complement of instruments. However, Ohio's official rock song, Hang on Sloopy, was a favorite. Maegly tailored the music selection last week to the age of his wildly enthusiastic audience.
The middle school program was expanded to the high school; the Jazz Orchestra, and the Jazz Lab Band. Maegly took these bands to perform at local spots such as Red Games, and special performances on Fountain Square, and on educational tours to New York City where they sat in on clinics with jazz musicians at Julliard and Manhattan School of Music
The instruction Maegly provided became accredited course work for Loveland students.
Maegly also took students to New York City to compete in the North American Music Festival and performed on board the (USS) Intrepid.
They once hosted and performed with the famous jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson at Loveland High School.
Being his last annual end of school year performance at LEEC, the children sand a song to Maegly thanking him for his years of music inspiration.
Watch as Maegly and the Stage Band entertain the youngsters, and watch as the youngsters sing their thanks to the master.