The Swinney Conservatory of Music at Central Methodist University in Fayette held its annual Music Fest on March 2.

The Swinney Conservatory of Music at Central Methodist University in Fayette held its annual Music Fest on March 2.

The Mark Twain Junior High School 7th and 8th grade bands, under the direction of Bobby Mobley, participated.

The fest spread across the entire campus and featured some 2,500 students from Missouri middle and high schools for competition in band, choir, brass, woodwind, percussion, strings, piano, and vocal solos and ensembles. In all, 900 events were held for the students.

The focus of the Music Fest is to prepare upper class students for upcoming district and state competitions and to improve their skills in advance. It also provides initial experience in competitive music for 6th graders and other middle school students.