Bulldog Alum Wins Scholarship in Vocal Competition

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(Le Mars)- Le Mars Community High School (2021) graduate Jack McInnis had a good start to his summer after winning a $1,000 scholarship as part of the Glenn Miller Festival in Clarinda, Iowa.
Clarinda is the birthplace of jazz musician Glenn Miller and as part of their festivities in early June, they have a day where young people from the across the country perform vocally, and instrumentally, vying for the top prize of a $3,000 scholarship in each category.

Jack said that earlier this year he sent in an essay and video of himself singing and found out that he was a finalist!

Glenn Miller is well known by many as a big-band trombonist and the man who lead the Glenn Miller Orchestra for famous recordings like “In the Mood” and “Chattanooga Choo-Choo.” Jack said that as a performer at the festival he was not required to sing selections in Miller’s famous style.

Jack performed a selection by Beethoven as well as “My Petersburg” from the musical “Anastasia” earning him 3rd place in the vocal category.  He received a $1,000 scholarship. First place took home $3,000 and 2nd $2,000.

Jack McInnis is currently a music major at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He says he is pursing music as a career because he feels his voice is a gift that he’s excited to share with the world.

If you want to experience Jack’s vocal stylings for yourself, he is participating in the Le Mars Community Theatre’s production of The Music Man opening the last weekend in July.  He is singing the tenor 2 part in the all-important-quartet, as well as taking on  various other roles.