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Coweta Legacy Educators Fund inaugural concert to honor Pacetti


  • By Rebecca Leftwich
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  • May. 03, 2022 - 9:28 PM

Coweta Legacy Educators Fund inaugural concert to honor Pacetti

Photo courtesy Alan Armstrong

The late Mariano Pacetti will be the first honoree of the Coweta Legacy Educators Fund. A jazz concert celebrating his life and legacy is planned for June 2 at the Nixon Centre.

The Coweta Legacy Educators Fund will hold its inaugural concert June 2 to recognize the late Mariano Pacetti, its first-ever honoree.

The organization was established to recognize and honor educators in the arts who have made a significant impact and contribution to arts education in Coweta County schools.

One or more educators will be selected each year for the honor, and an event will be created to celebrate the honoree. Proceeds from each of these events and any donations made in recognition of the honorees will go into the "CLEF Fund" administered by the Patrons of the Centre.

The Patrons of the Centre is a nonprofit group organized to support the Donald Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts in Coweta County.

The concert to honor Pacetti will feature the Coweta All Star Jazz Band and the Carrollton Jazz Orchestra, who will perform at the Nixon Centre. Ticket information will be available at a later date.

The first group will feature current Coweta County School System students and will be led by Mark Hoskins, director of bands at Wheeler High School in Cobb County. The Coweta All Star Jazz Band will be followed by the Carrollton Jazz Orchestra, a big band for which Pacetti was a founding member.

The Carrollton Jazz Orchestra, a big band Pacetti helped found, will play a full concert as well as premiering a jazz chart commissioned in memory of Pacetti and written especially for the Legacy Educators performance.

Pacetti served as a music educator in Coweta County schools for nine years. He continued to serve the music education community in Coweta for decades afterwards through his employment with music vendors that provided instrument repair and other services in the area.

He also served as a private lesson instructor to hundreds of students and served as a clinician, judge, consultant and guest performer on numerous occasions with bands ranging from beginner students to the most advanced high school ensembles.

Pacetti was widely known as a “Pied Piper” in the recruiting world, helping middle school band directors encourage hundreds of students to join the band. He was a band parent himself while his daughter, Christina – who has gone on to a career in music performance with one the U.S. Army Bands, – attended Madras Middle School and Northgate High School.

“Mariano's dynamic personality, incredible musicianship and huge love of people made his impact both massive and long lasting throughout the Coweta County music community,” organizers wrote in a press release announcing the honor. “It is with great pride we honor him as the first of our ‘Coweta Legacy Educators.’”

All funds generated by donations or proceeds from any ticket sales to Coweta Legacy Educators events will be used for the benefit of arts education in Coweta County. The money can be used to provide equipment to be utilized by students at the Nixon Centre and may also provide other enrichment activities or materials in any part of the fine or performing arts that will benefit the student population in Coweta County Schools.

Those wishing to make a donation in Pacetti’s honor are encouraged to make checks out to the Patrons of the Centre and put a note in the memo line indicating that it is a donation to the CLEF fund. Mail checks to: Patrons of the Centre, P.O. Box 1422, Newnan, GA Georgia 30264.

Cash or checks for the fund also may be dropped off at the band programs at East Coweta, Newnan or Northgate high school. Donate online at https://centrepatrons.kindful.com/?campaign=1195886 .