The Retirement of Mr. Jones follows Mark Jones, Director of Bands in Fort Calhoun, NE, as he struggles with his decision to retire after a 36-year-tenure. Like a Midwestern Mr. Holland’s Opus, the film highlights the triumphs, defeats and daily grind of music educators who teach Beethoven and marching band in an on-demand world.
Matt Townley was born and raised just north of Omaha near Fort Calhoun, NE. Mark Jones, the subject for “The Retirement of Mr. Jones” was his music instructor during his school years spanning from 1985-1992. He is still the music instructor of the Fort Calhoun Community school district to this day. All of the filming for the documentary was shot on-location in the state of Nebraska. The primary interview was shot on the Fort Calhoun School campus with additional footage acquired in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska. The climax of the film was shot during an awards banquet for the Nebraska State Bandmaster’s Association (NSBA) in Lincoln. The awards banquet celebrates only Nebraska Music Educators.
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