McCoy jazzes up MCC fall musical
Adam McCoy, a sophomore aud io en i ne er i ng major at McLennan Community College, performed as the guitarist in the orchestra pit band for the MCC Theater department's latest show "Baby — The Musical," directed by Dr. Karen Albrecht.
The orchestra has always consisted of professional musicians and had never included a student. This year's production called for a 10-piece orchestra but was missing a key part—a guitar player. Dr. Albrecht turned to the school to find talent. She approached McCoy and asked him to take on the guitar part and be a part of the orchestra.
The son of John and Yvette McCoy of Rockdale, he was recommended by graduate students, faculty members and department head Rob Page. Despite the pit consisting mostly of pro musicians, the staff at MCC felt McCoy was up to the challenge.
Although McCoy was already facing a very full schedule this semester w ith 23 hours, he jumped at the opportunity to not only be a part of the production but to be able to play with some accomplished musicians.
"When I received the music I knew it was going to be a challenge but I am so glad that I was given this chance to perform and to work with this group," McCoy said.
The 2008 RHS graduate was an all-state jazz guitarist.
The musical consisted of 24 tunes, which covered many styles including jazz, funk, punk rock, latin and modern contemporary.
McCoy was featured in 10 songs, one including a showcase of an absolutely improvised blues solo section, and another featuring his classical finger style playing abilities.
"When I was approached about the gig by the director, I was somewhat skeptical if I would be able to perform at the level this group presents at, but after a few four-hour rehearsals, everybody was really play ing well as a band," McCoy said. "My instructors all seemed to have a lot of faith in me, so I took a chance and jumped in."
The musical ran for six performances the first two weekends in October at the Ball Performing Arts Center in Waco.
"It was a whole new experience for me and I enjoyed every minute. The show had such a fast pace that there was no time to be nervous, everything just fell into place. It was truly an honor to be selected for this and to be recognized for my musical ability," McCoy said.
"It was an amazing opportunity and definitely a highlight in my college career. It turned out to be one of the best experiences I've had playing music."