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Trustee Emeritus Fletcher Bright '49 remembered for success in business, love of music and devotion to McCallie School

Posted by McCallie Communications and Marketing on December 27, 2017

Fletcher Bright ‘49, one of McCallie School’s most loyal sons and a true renaissance man, passed away surrounded by family and friends at his home in Chattanooga on Christmas Day.

Bright was a leader in business, philanthropy and the arts throughout his life. He was a noted real estate developer in Chattanooga for decades at his company Fletcher Bright Company, where he learned the business from his father, 1909 McCallie graduate Gardner Bright.

For all his success in real estate, Fletcher Bright was perhaps most well known as an accomplished bluegrass musician and founding member of the Dismembered Tennesseans, which he started as a student at McCallie with classmates Frank McDonald ‘48, Sammy Joyce ‘48 and Ansley Moses ‘48.

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Topics: Alumni News, Fletcher Bright, McCallie School, Arts, music

McCallie Awards Middle School Spring Tornado Award Winners

Posted by McCallie Communications and Marketing on April 28, 2017

The Spring 2017 Middle School Tornado Award winners: Front row, from left: Loch Murray, Rahul Patel, Connor Bronze, Jackson Cook, Sebastian Leinberger, and Levi Lebovitz. Back row, from left: Evan Winnie, Lentz Reynolds, Bennett McNabb, Adam Polen, Ethan Jones, Amaar Memon, Jake Tremain, and Alex Williams. not pictured: Morgan Haynes.

This week the Middle School honored the best of the best from the world of Blue Tornado athletics and the arts for the spring.

For some, being the best in sports means being able to run faster, throw the ball farther, or score the winning goal. In the arts, the best performer or actor is often given top honors.

But the Tornado Awards honor something that is far more important, it recognizes who is the best teammate on each Middle School team and artistic endeavor at McCallie.

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Topics: middle school, Athletics, Arts, music

GPS, McCallie Present Spring Musical "Pippin"

Posted by McCallie Communications and Marketing on March 29, 2017

With spring break behind us and Commencement on the horizon, students from McCallie and GPS will showcase their talent and passion for performance in the 2017 GPS/McCallie Spring Musical scheduled for April 7-9 at Frierson Theater on the GPS campus.

This year, students will perform “Pippin,” putting on a re-imagining of the 1972 Broadway musical from the creator of “Wicked” and “Godspell.”

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Topics: music, McCallie-GPS, musicals

Two McCallie students named to all-state choir, orchestra

Posted by McCallie Communications and Marketing on January 26, 2017

Senior Liam Staab and junior Allen Liu have earned All-State honors from the Tennessee Music Education Association and will represent McCallie at state performances later this spring.

Staab was named as a member of the All-State Honor Choir, and Liu was named to the All-East and All-State orchestras. Liu, who spent last summer performing as part of the Carnegie Hall youth orchestra program in New York, earned the highest score for the All-East Orchestra.

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Topics: music, class of 2017, class of 2018

McCallie junior Liu performs in Carnegie Hall youth orchestra program

Posted by McCallie Communications and Marketing on July 28, 2016

Rising junior Allen Liu spent two-weeks this summer training and performing with an all-star youth orchestra as part of Carnegie Hall’s NYO2 program.

Liu, a day student and talented violinist from Chattanooga, was selected to participate in the program sponsored by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute to provide instruction for outstanding young American instrumentalists ages 14–17.

The program is highly competitive with all expenses paid for students selected to participate in the program at Purchase College, SUNY, which is just north of New York City in Westchester County.

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Topics: music, national achievement, class of 2018

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