The Jordan Vocational High School Band is back in the game, and the young band director responsible was honored at the Columbus Community Orchestra concert at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. When Jordan Band Director Adam Mitchell was named this year’s winner of the Harry Kruger Memorial Award for Excellence in Conducting I was reminded of what another young man did in 1946.
Bob Barr also took over a 17-member Jordan band that could barely play an easy march and in no time at all beefed up the number of musicians and had it winning superior ratings in the district music festival. The band went on to become national champions in a competition in New York, play in presidential inaugurations, and travel to play in such places as Los Angeles. He also was the director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
Now, another young man has come along to get the Jordan Band back to winning superior ratings in district music festivals. The band, under Adam Mitchell’s leadership, has done that for two years in a row. He got a huge hand when Columbus Community Orchestra Director William Fry announced that he had won the Kruger award. The late Harry Kruger taught music at Columbus College and was director of the Columbus Symphony for a number of years.