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Macon ‘McChicken’ Mann

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at VCU chapter.

Macon Mann

Age: 20

Hometown: Arlington, VA

Year: Sophomore

Major: Jazz Performance

What’s your favorite thing about Richmond? My favorite part about Richmond is that everybody is free to say what they want and that nothing is censored. It’s cool to be a huge nerd.

What made you choose VCU? The awesome music program.  

How long have you been playing the piano? 12 years

Who are you musical influences? Do you have a role model? My influences as a piano player are Wynton Kelly, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, and Brad Mehldau

Do you have a favorite artist? It’s a tie between Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

Are you in a band? I play keyboard in a high energy psychedelic/funk/jazz band called Celtic Panda.  If you like turning up you should check us out at Cary St. Cafe on Feb. 21st with Matt Jones and the Bobs, March 29th with Spongecake and the Fluff Ramblers, or on April 21st with Deaf Scene.

What do you do in your free time? I practice music, hang out with friends and work on musical projects. I’m working on my rap game.  Be on the lookout for Moq Chicken

What do you want to do with music in the future?  I want to combine jazz with other musical genre like hip hop and funk to convince people who think they don’t like jazz that they like jazz.

What’s your dream job? A self employed musician

A word of advice? Be compassionate and look for the good in everyone you meet.

Sarah is from Lynchburg, Virginia but has lived in Richmond since attending Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012 where she studied Mass Communications with a concentration in print journalism. She began contributing to Her Campus at VCU as a freshman and was developed to lead the chapter as Campus Correspondent for two years where she increased membership by 65% and brought the chapter ranking from bronze level to platinum level. She enjoyed attending both the mid-atlantic conferences held with the chapter at the College of William & Mary and Her Conferences held in NYC.  Sarah currently works in the tech industry in marketing. She has a background in communications, hospitality and nonprofit consulting. She still loves attending VCU basketball games and also loves live music. In her free time, she likes going on long walks with her dog, tending to her house plants and cycling around downtown. Fun fact: she has never owned a car and is a community advocate for public transit. Connect with Sarah on LinkedIn.
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