Mary Jane takes great pride in her musical activities, and it’s not difficult to notice that Andy does, as well. He’s quick to point out her pursuits, like the ukulele group or her participation as a percussionist in the Prime Time Band, a local group made up of musicians age 50 and above. This musical background is one reason Mary Jane is so fond of percussion masterclasses. “It’s given me an opportunity to learn some of the finer points,” she says, “from holding mallets properly to how to mute the bass drum.” “And it makes me happy that it makes Mary Jane happy,” Andy adds with a smile.
Involvement with the Music Academy, then, came naturally to the Coopers. “When I go to Music Academy concerts, especially those that feature the fellows, there is so much energy and it’s so enjoyable,” says Mary Jane. “Things are done so well, so professionally. We think the Music Academy is first class.”
As Mary Jane and Andy Cooper show, a first-class organization is only possible through the involvement of first-class people.
– Henry Michaels
Resonance editor, Audience Services and Community Access Manager, Music Academy of the West