Hard work pays off for M-S singers, musicians

MAHOMET — Music just happens to run in Ella Herriott's family. That tradition was one her grandmother, Barbara Herriott of Seymour, was elated to see on display during the Feb. 28 seventh- and eighth-graders' band and chorus concert.

"We've got a lot of music in our family," Barbara Herriott said.

M-S jazz band shares the joy of music

MAHOMET — This year's Mahomet-Seymour High School Jazz Band is extra special to band director Michael Stevens.

Variety Show brings 'a lot of laughs and memories' for 32 acts

MAHOMET — For five minutes every year, Kiel Ledin has lived his dream on the Mahomet-Seymour High School stage. In this year's Variety Show, the senior went out with a bang, winning Sunday's vote from judges.

"(It's) been one of the most gratifying and fulfilling experiences," Ledin said. "I've always loved comedy, and I want to be a stand-up comedian when I'm out of college."

'Truly special': Mahomet-Seymour madrigals bring the holiday magic

MAHOMET — Christina Nielsen knew from a young age she wanted to be in madrigals because of family tradition, but when she discovered she also had a passion for singing, there was no doubt about her auditioning for the 42nd annual madrigal dinner performances.

'It was surreal': Marching Bulldogs win big at University of Illinois competition

The measure of success isn't determined by a final outcome, rather it's a continual effort and dedication applied over a period of time. The Marching Bulldogs used this formula across its season, and on Saturday, the band members' efforts paid off tenfold as they swept the 48th annual Illinois Marching Band Championships Class 3A awards at the University of Illinois' Memorial Stadium.

A new tune: Choral directors set to continue a Mahomet-Seymour proud tradition

A standing-room-only pops concert last May to bid farewell to beloved choral instructor Jill Rinkel was quite the introduction for Mahomet-Seymour Junior High's newest choral instructor, Brian Lonergan.

"It was packed the whole way up," Lonergan said. "That was pretty special."

'It's a wonderful thing': Mahomet Music Festival brings community together for 'one last hoorah'

Two years ago, Jolene Sowers wanted to know what the Sangamon River Music Festival was all about, but the Tilton resident had no idea just how much that inquiry was about to mean to her.

"My husband (Todd Sowers) proposed to me here two years ago tomorrow," she said.

Now renamed the Mahomet Music Festival, the couple still "make it a point" to come back.

Mahomet Music Festival readies for big country acts

The big weekend has finally arrived. A jam-packed weekend of music acts will soon fill Main Street with headliners such as Rodney Atkins and Mark Chesnutt during the Mahomet Music Festival (today and Saturday).

An infectious sound: M-S marching band goes all in with experimental theme

Expect the unexpected in this year's marching band performances. The theme is "outbreak," and the epidemic is sure to plague all of Bulldog nation with its first performances set for Aug. 21 at Frank Dutton Field as Mahomet-Seymour High School faces Charleston.

'Small town USA. This is what it's all about': Summer Concert Series brings Mahomet community together

Hundreds of community members gathered at Barber Park last Friday for one sole purpose — celebrating Mahomet.

Mahomet Parks and Recreation kicked off its Summer Concert Series with acts such as the Caleb Cook Band and Mike Ingram and provided goodies from local food truck vendors, including Chester's BBQ, Kona Ice, the Snack Shack and TK's Cheesesteaks.

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