Open to the public, the concert is offered free of charge and will feature the MMA Jazz Band and other musical talent from the MMA corps of cadets. Due to construction near Teardrop Lake, this year’s “Jazz on the Lake” will be held in front of Barnard Hall, and limited bleacher seating will be available. Guests are encouraged to arrive at 5:00 p.m. and to bring blankets and lawn chairs to spread out across MMA’s spacious front lawn. Parking is free along 204 North Grand Street or in MMA’s Gymtorium parking lot on Pollock Street.
In addition to the free seating, tables of eight are available for sponsorship for $60 per table. Proceeds from sponsored tables will support the MMA music department. For reserved table sponsorship purchase, contact Kevin Quinn, 573-581-1776 , ext. 230, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MMA music department, headed by retired Royal Marines bandmaster WO2 Freddie Lomas, features a marching band, a concert band, jazz band, a middle school band, a chorus and various solo musicians who take private lessons as part of their studies at Missouri Military Academy. MMA music instructor Rob McGrath, also a former member of Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Band, leads the MMA choral program and jazz band. Prior to joining the MMA faculty in 2016, he was a professional jazz musician and teacher in the U.K. He is a member of the Columbia Jazz Orchestra.
In case of inclement weather, “Jazz on the Lake” will be held in the MMA Gymtorium. The event kicks off a week-long, year-end celebration that will conclude with commencement on Saturday, May 26.