Jeremy ClearyJeremy ClearyMarissa MilanovichMarissa MilanovichCANTON, MI – Marissa Milanovich and Jeremy Cleary, students from the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Band Program, received an outstanding soloist nomination to the Michigan Youth Arts Festival. Receiving a nomination to the Festival is prestigious and a great honor.

The Michigan Youth Arts Festival has been a tradition in the state since 1963. The vision for the festival at that time was that it would be a statewide showcase of the talented student artists in Michigan’s secondary schools and community stud

ios. The event quickly grew as it gathered together many educators and supporters in the state who shared their belief that students engaged in the arts should be recognized for hard work and perseverance in their individual art forms, just as students who are outstanding in various academic and athletic disciplines are honored for their accomplishments.

Today, the Festival consists of nearly 1,000 high school student participants, with an estimated 250,000 students who take part in the adjudication process during the eight months preceding the Festival. The student Festival performances are free and open to the public and serve another 6,500 patrons from across the state that come to experience Michigan’s finest youth talent.

As a result of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra's State Solo and Ensemble Festival held on Saturday, Mar. 16, 2019, nominations are made for students and small ensembles to participate in the Michigan Youth Arts Festival on May 9 - 11, 2019 on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Invitations to be a member of either the MSBOA/MYAF Honors Band or the MSBOA/MYAF Honors Orchestra are offered to the top scoring individuals in the Proficiency Exam portion of the State Solo & Ensemble Festival.

"This is a huge honor for Jeremy and Marissa,” said G. Jon Thomann, director of bands at P-CEP. “These nominations are an artifact of their focus, determination and curiosity to express their art. A master teacher, Dr. Mallory Thompson of Northwestern University, once wrote, I always say that in performance you get exactly what you make. No one is suddenly inspired, miracles don't happen. Hard work is the price we pay for the artistic and musical freedom that we long for. Jeremy and Marissa embody this hard work and are most deserving of this honor. In addition, I congratulate Jeremy, Marissa and all of our students who earned their spot to perform at the MSBOA State Solo and Ensemble Festival. We are so proud of you."

Milanovich is a junior at P-CEP and plays the flute. Cleary, also a junior at P-CEP, plays the alto saxophone.


About the Plymouth-Canton Music Boosters: The Plymouth-Canton Music Boosters is a parent-run 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization supporting high school concert bands, marching band, jazz bands, color guard, winter guard and percussion students from Plymouth, Canton and Salem High Schools in Canton, Mich. The boosters are a dedicated group of parents and other adults who volunteer their time so that band students are able to enjoy the many benefits of a comprehensive music program. For more information about band programs at the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, please visit