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Stewart adds pep to band

December 1, 2010

By Hailey Silvey, Staff Writer

Jeff Stewart, a city of Young Harris native, is a trombone player in the YHC pep band Purple Reign. Photo by Hailey Silvey

Though a graduate from Towns County High School, Jeff Stewart is currently a student at Young Harris College, where he is a  member of the Purple Reign pep band at YHC. Originally from the city of Young Harris, Stewart is a freshman music major who enjoys playing the trombone in the pep band that plays at basketball games.

Stewart’s love for music began when he played in the band at Towns County Middle and High School, where he played for seven years. During his time at Towns County High School Stewart became a brass captain in the high school’s band.

Along with playing the trombone, Stewart also plays the bass guitar and guitar.

In addition to those instruments and his musical talent, Stewart also played in a three-man band at Towns County High School, in which he played the bass.

When asked how his acquired his interest in music Stewart said, “I first learned to play trombone when I joined the middle school band in sixth grade; so, I guess I was 12 or 13. Then, in eighth grade, I learned to play the bass and regular guitar.”

His talent for music was recognized in high school when Stewart received the Quincy Jones award for musicianship.

After a successful career as a high school musician, Stewart looks to YHC to expand his horizons through playing the trombone in the pep band, which is led by Mary Land. Like the basketball team, the pep band, also known as Purple Reign, is also new to YHC this year academic year.

When asked what he likes about pep band, Stewart said, “it’s pretty fun being in the pep band, especially since the guys won. That makes it better and a lot more exciting.”

Stewart and the other members of the pep band who play brass instruments played the national anthem before the first men’s basketball in 41 years game tipped off. Stewart believes that this opportunity was an honor.

Jeff said, “the best part about pep band is rocking out with my friends. All my best friends are in band, so it makes it a lot of fun. Plus, its really cool being able to say that I was a member of the first pep band at YHC.”

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