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Mira Mesa’s First “Tournament of Roast Pork”

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What better way to start a new tradition with some old fashioned barbecue? The Mira Mesa Wind Ensemble and Advanced Orchestra have pulled through to meat some great expectations!

January 7th, 2017 in the media center was where the first annual “Making the Cut – BBQ Competition Fundraiser” was held in high hopes of helping select students travel to Washington D.C. to represent Mira Mesa at the Kennedy Center. The premise of the BBQ’s competition factor brought in five contenders, of which included our very own: Principal Jeff Sabins, and served a full meal to our music program’s supporters. Helping to raise $3000 for the Wind Ensemble and Advanced Orchestra, the event was – indeed – a delicious success!.

As for the food, all contestants were to prepare decadent pulled pork and serve sample cups to all patrons of the event. Besides five generous taste test cups of pulled pork, BBQ-goers were also served their choice of mashed potatoes or potato salad, cornbread, and beans as sides, a brownie or ice cream as dessert, and bottomless water, lemonade, and coffee as refreshments. Needless to say, the $10 spent at the expense of the fundraiser was more than just a bang for your buck…

It was a melody for your money! There was a cycle of 90 minutes of performances from our very own followed by a half an hour break. The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Mrs. Christensen (better know as Mrs. C), performed The Light Eternal, Grand Canyon Overture, and In Flight.

The Advanced Orchestra also performed, but without their director Mr. Mulvaney. I’d like to give credit to the amazing orchestra leadership, Christina Hilley, Liz Gonzales, Angela Molina, Amy Songvilay, Jeric Baga, Kendrake Tsui, and Joylne Duong, for allowing the show to go on. The Advanced Orchestra performed Five Dives and Lazarus, Cakewalk, Fugue, Signs of Life, and The Incredibles (Suite).

Following the large ensembles, violin quintet– consisting of Amy Songvilay, Jeric Baga, Vincent Nguyen, Emi Rigby, and Jenna Nguyen– played Nessun Dorma from the opera Turandot.

With all ensembles a wild success and friendly BBQ competition, the luncheon finished with the utmost sincere gratitude from Wind Ensemble and Advanced Orchestra in supporting their efforts, and the announcement of who won the barbecue. Congratulations to Cody May and his family for winning the first annual “Making the Cut – BBQ Competition Fundraiser”! As a prize, not only does he have a pig trophy and a cookbook, but bragging rights until next year.

Join on the fun, and help decide next year’s winner. The band and orchestra hope to see you, Marauders!

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Mira Mesa’s First “Tournament of Roast Pork”