MTZ Dwight Jordan 1978
Music fills much of By Lois Moore Dwight Jordan doesn't have to worry about what to do in his spare time. He doesn't have much of that. The rest of his time comes under the heading of music vocal and instrumental, school age and adult. Jordan is band director at Mount Zion Junior High School, which includes two concert bands and a jazz band. The latter was second runnerup at last year's Oak Lawn festival. Last year, he also helped with the swing choir. He didn't get paid for it, but he enjoyed it so much in fact, Behind the news that the idea of an all-county swing choir developed from an idea to reality during the summer. He approached the Decatur Area Alts Council and received partial funding, held auditions and rehearsed the selected 28 twice a week. It was a serious business for Jordan, who admits going home after rehearsal and "usually thinking about it all night." , It was challenging, but things did jell and Jordan looks with pride at the results and the group's performances. He found it different from directing a group as a teacher during school. For one thing, students were in the group because they wanted to be. On the other hand, they only worked twice a week so it took time for that finished product. Why did he choose a swing choir? "I think it is more qf a show for the audience," Jordan said. "They see not just singing or dancing, but both." And personally, he said, "I find it more exciting and I think the kids can be more expressive too." Dwight Jordan's Jordan also directed the adult choir at Mount Zion United Methodist Church and is a member of a gospel singing group called Radiance. He has helped the Richard Hofflands and Ken Merwins with a Joyful Voice Music Camp in Wisconsin and with the St. James choir camps. His music career began in his native Blue Mound, where he sang in the high PDL $Sh JeF M 'ijW life W ' yr : Jordan's hands add emphasis to his band directing. school choir and played in the band and jazz band. During his four years &s a music education major at Millikin University, he was a member of all the instrumental organizations at . one time or another and member of the jazz lab band all four years. Jordan was also one of the Madrigal Singers. During his senior year he time Staff photos by Doug Gaumon helped director Richard Hoffland with that and "The Messiah." "I would love to be performing somehow," Jordan said, but added, "I enjoy directing almost as much." : Though his spare time is at a premium he likes to attend as many concerts as he can, for enjoyment and also for ideas of what other people 'are doing.