Thousands attend ‘Makin’ Music’ weekend at Freed-Hardeman

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HENDERSON, Tenn. — After a year of planning, hours on hours of practice and nearly half of Freed-Hardeman’s student body involved, the music returned. This weekend was the university’s 38th annual Makin’ Music competition. “Now to see a year’s worth of work come together in one weekend, it’s heavy,” Makin’ Music emcee Spencer Morris said. “It comes onto you — it’s big.” Around 600 students made the performance possible. “It’s kind of a variety show,” producer Tony Allen said. “We have six social clubs, and they compete for the sweepstakes trophy. They get judged on each show, each performance.” Allen has been the show’s producer for 9 years and said the weekend of performances brings in around 8,000 people. “To me, it’s about the process,” Allen said. “It’s not about this weekend. It’s about the whole yearlong process of working on something together and building relationships.” Those involved would agree that it’s about more than the competition. “It’s just been a big opportunity to be together, to grow together with people, and that’s kind of what it’s all about,” Morris said. “As competitive as it does get, it’s just great to meet and know people.” Makin’ Music was started by the class of ’78. Alumni said they hoped it would grow, and it has surpassed expectations. “It’s just so exciting for all the alumni to come back, and now our children have been in the show, and that’s exciting,” class of ’78 alumna Rebecca Davis said. This is the biggest show on campus, and students said they’re sad to see it come to an end. “It’s a blessing to have an opportunity to give them joy and to give them a way to see God’s glory through our talents, so it’s a blessing,” Makin’ Music emcee Midly Jadis said. Allen said the music never stops, though, because they will start planning for next year’s show next week.

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