Maysville and Mason County are, for many, the center of the musical universe.
For certain, the area has produced many fine musicians including world famous singer, the late Rosemary Clooney, who always proudly claimed Maysville as her hometown. She began her career on the street corners of downtown Maysville, singing along with her sister Betty and life-long friend Blanche Chambers. She symbolically ended her career in the same place, singing on a stage at the corner of Third and Market streets in downtown Maysville for the Rosemary Clooney Music Festival up until the year of her death.
Legendary status belongs to former Maysville High School Band Director John K. Farris, who led the band to become one of the finest in the state from the 1940s to the 1970s. For almost 30 years, he persuaded young musicians to strive for excellence in both music and life, his students are quick to point out.
Another almost legendary character is Coralie Runyon Jones, once the driving force behind the Limestone Chorale. The chorale earned its fame offering vocal performances that covered the range from show tunes to gospel and most everything in between.
Annual musical productions that make stars out of high school students can be credited to former Mason County High School music instructor C.J. Hunter. Hunter also saw his students excel in orchestra, band and vocal competitions.
From Downing Academy students offering classical music and operatic performances to friends getting together to form garage bands cranking out rock or country, almost every genre of music imaginable has and is represented in and by the Maysville and Mason County community.