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Visiting Chinese musician to perform at Walker Library April 22

The gentle, poignant tones of Chinese music will greet patrons of MTSU’s James E. Walker Library soon.

Xiaojun Huo

Xiaojun Huo, who is first chair of erhu in the folk music division of the China Opera and Dance Theater, will share her talents in a free public performance set from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the library’s first-floor atrium.

The erhu is a two-stringed, bowed musical instrument which sometimes is called a “southern fiddle,” or, in the Western world, a “Chinese violin.” Its origin can be traced to instruments introduced into China sometime in the 10th century.

An erhu is played as a solo instrument or in groups, in small ensembles as well as major orchestras. It can be used in both traditional and contemporary music arrangements.

Dr. Arunesh Nadgir, an assistant professor of piano in the MTSU School of Music, will accompany Huo during the performance.

MTSU’s Confucius Institute is sponsoring this event in collaboration with the James E. Walker Library and the MTSU School of Music.

A searchable campus map with parking details is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap13-14.

For more information, contact Dr. Guanping Zheng, director of the Confucius Institute, at 615-494-8696 or cimtsu@mtsu.edu.

Gina K. Logue (Gina.Logue@mtsu.edu)

MTSU symposium will tackle community ‘cyberthreats’

MTSU’s 2014 Middle Tennessee Cyber Summit, set May 5-6 on campus, is aiming to help public and private-sector operations that want to protect their operations from online attack.

The theme of the summit, sponsored by MTSU’s Forensic Institute for Research and Education, is “Security Essentials.”

Click on the poster above for more information, including registration details.

It’s open to the public at no charge, organizers say, and should be of particular interest to government agencies at all levels, as well as the utility, education, health care, transportation and financial services industries and other businesses.

The summit will address criminal, intelligence, disruptive and information cyberthreats and show how a company or agency can work to protect its assets and reputation from external or internal electronic breaches of its security, confidentiality and data.

Speakers at the two-day event will include representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Microsoft Corp., digital forensics company Stroz Friedberg and RSA, the security division of data management giant EMC Corporation.

Attendees who want to earn Continuing Education Unit or Continuing Professional Education credits for the summit may do so by paying a $10 processing fee.

To register for the summit or get more information, including an agenda, please visit FIRE’s training event page, or contact FIRE at 615-898-2221 or fire@mtsu.edu.

Along with FIRE, the 2014 Middle Tennessee Cyber Summit is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs.

MTSU Writing Corps to share stories at Frist Center April 17

Several members of the Writers Corps, a creative writing group of military service members and veterans who attend MTSU, will share their stories with the public April 17 at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville for a special one-night, pop-up gallery reading event.

Members of the MTSU Writers Corps, shown above, will appear April 17 at the Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville to share their stories. The group of military veterans tell their stories through creative writing and hold public readings throughout the year. (Submitted photo)

Members of the MTSU Writers Corps (from left to right), Kevin Sweathomas, Brian Crow, Patrick Richey, Orlandus Miles, Kevin Brown, Matthew Brown, Spencer Johnston and Marcus Mackey will appear Thursday, April 17, at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville to share their stories. The group of military veterans tell their stories through creative writing and hold public readings throughout the year. (Submitted photo)

Members of the group will share their work at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in conjunction with the exhibitions “Goya: The Disasters of War,” which features etchings of the Peninsular War of 1808-1814, and “Steve Mumford’s War Journals, 2003–2013,” which is comprised of images dealing with the American presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Frist Center is located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville. For hours, admission and other information, www.fristcenter.org.

The MTSU Writers Corps encourages veterans to share thoughts, feelings or experiences in writing and to ultimately share their work with on- and off-campus communities through publication in their annual literary journal, “DMZ: A Journal of Contemporary Literature by Veterans.”

The informal group’s primary goal is to help veterans with their scholarly, personal, emotional and spiritual well-being, organizers say. The group provides a comfortable environment where veterans can gather among peers, and corps members say such writing eases some of the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

To raise public awareness about the experiences of military veterans, the group holds public readings throughout the academic year, most notably at their spring journal release party and literary showcase.

For more information about the MTSU Writers Corps or Thursday’s event, contact Matthew Brown, MTSU English instructor and group founder, at matthew.brown@mtsu.edu.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

MTSU marketers mix music with generosity in April 18 charity rockfest

MTSU marketing majors are putting their music where their mouths are.

First Noelle poster webStudents in the Department of Management and Marketing are sponsoring “Rockin’ for the First Noelle,” a battle-of-the-bands benefit for the First Noelle Foundation, an organization that honors a local teenager by collecting books for children.

The event is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Bonhoeffer’s, located at 610 Dill Lane in Murfreesboro.

Competing musical acts include Caller 15, Michael McQuaid, Dear Salem, Amanda June, The Beasleys and Mary Howell.

Audience members may bid in a silent auction for jewelry from Francesca’s Collections, Starbucks gift cards, a Microsoft Office software package, a HotSpot tanning gift set and many more donated items.

The First Noelle Foundation was created in memory of Siegel High School student Miranda “Noelle” Henson, a 17-year-old senior who was killed in a single-car accident on the way to a school ball game in 2011.

The nonprofit organization collects books to be distributed for reading by kindergartners throughout Rutherford County. Its motto is “spreading a legacy one child and one book at a time.”

Proceeds from “Rockin’ for the First Noelle” will be used to create a foundation website.

Tickets are $5 each in advance or at the door and may be purchased in advance at thefirstnoelleorg@gmail.com.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TheFirstNoelleFoundation or follow @FirstNoelleOrg on Twitter.

Gina K. Logue (Gina.Logue@mtsu.edu)

Long-term donors celebrated at MTSU 1911 Society Luncheon

MTSU recognized community members who have made financial commitments to the university for the long term during Friday’s second annual 1911 Society Luncheon in the Student Union Ballroom.

Joe Bales, left, MTSU vice president for university advancement, and Bill Mooningham, right, president of the MTSU Foundation, honor donor Alee Clark at the second annual 1911 Society Luncheon for those who have created planned gifts benefitting the university. The luncheon was held Friday, April 11, in the Student Union Ballroom. (MTSU photos by J. Intintoli)

Joe Bales, left, MTSU vice president for university advancement, and Bill Mooningham, right, president of the MTSU Foundation, honor donor Alee Clark at the second annual 1911 Society Luncheon for those who have created planned gifts benefitting the university. The luncheon was held Friday, April 11, in the Student Union Ballroom. (MTSU photos by J. Intintoli)

The group, named in honor of MTSU’s founding year, celebrates individuals and families who have created gifts to the university through their estate plans. New members of the 1911 Society receive a framed rendering of Kirksey Old Main.

New members honored Friday included: Steve and Kathy Anderson, Alee Clark,
 Gayle H. and Dwayne Duke, Jean Gould, Margaret R. Hall, Richard Key, 
Rita S. King,
 Paul W. Martin Jr., Karen and Toby Mongan, Andrew and Elise Oppmann, Gayle Ray, and
 Mary Secrest.

Also celebrated at the April 11 event were certain members of the Signal Society, which honors annual donors who have supported the university in 20 or more years. This group is named for Middle Tennessee Normal School’s first newspaper/magazine, The Signal, which was originally published in 1912.

PrintThose recognized Friday were Signal Society members who had reached the 40-year plus milestone. Donors are given an engraved medallion reflecting their years of support.

This year’s group included: H. Dalton and Cynthia Drennan, Barbara and Jerre Haskew, Dan and Margaret Scott, David and Lorraine Singer, and Tommy and Judy Smith.

For more information about becoming an MTSU donor, go to www.mtsu.edu/development and choose from the selection of tabs about giving on the left.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

MTSU students John N. Sloss, left, and Emily West spoke at the 1911 Society Luncheon about how donor contributions provide the necessary scholarships and infrastructure improvements to hlep students like them succeed. The event, held Friday, April 11, in the Student Union Ballroom, honored those who have created planned gifts benefitting the university.

MTSU students John N. Sloss, left, and Emily West spoke at the 1911 Society Luncheon about how donor contributions provide the necessary scholarships and infrastructure improvements to help students like them succeed. The event, held Friday, April 11, in the Student Union Ballroom, honored those who have created planned gifts benefiting the university.

MTSU donors Tommy and Judy Smith were recognized Friday, April 11, during the second annual 1911 Society Luncheon honoring those who have created planned gifts benefitting the university. The Smiths were among several donors recognized for their 40-years plus of giving. The luncheon was held in the Student Union Ballroom.

MTSU donors Tommy and Judy Smith were recognized Friday, April 11, during the second annual 1911 Society Luncheon honoring those who have created planned gifts benefitting the university. The Smiths were among several donors recognized for their 40-years plus of giving. The luncheon was held in the Student Union Ballroom.

MTSU Blue Raider Debate team hosts national tourney (+VIDEO)

The MTSU Blue Raider Debate team is hosting the International Public Debate Association’s National Championship Tournament and Convention for colleges and universities this week.

The tournament, which is open to the public, runs Thursday-Sunday, April 10-13, with debate rounds starting in the morning and continuing throughout the day at various buildings on campus. The tournament and convention concludes with an awards banquet set for noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in the Student Union.

A printable campus map with parking instructions is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap13-14.

Organizers expect almost 300 competitors from 33 colleges and universities in 13 states to visit campus and showcase their debating skills. Registered schools include Boise State, Southern Illinois and the United States Military Academy at West Point, with categories including novice, varsity and professional divisions. In IPDA formats, debaters primarily go one-on-one with various time limits.

“It’s the largest tournament that IPDA has ever hosted,” said Dr. Patrick Richey, MTSU debate team coach and a member of the IPDA governing board.

As his opponent takes notes, MTSU student Marquwan Fultz, a sophomore mass communication major and a member of the Blue Raider Debate Team, makes his argument to the judge Friday, April 11, inside the Bragg Mass Communication Building during a round of the IPDA National Tournament hosted by MTSU. (Photos by MTSU News and Media Relations)

As his opponent takes notes, MTSU student Marquwan Fultz, a sophomore mass communication major and a member of the Blue Raider Debate Team, makes his argument to the judge Friday, April 11, inside the Bragg Mass Communication Building during a round of the IPDA National Tournament hosted by MTSU. (Photos by MTSU News and Media Relations)

Richey noted that to his knowledge, this marks the first time the national tournament is being hosted on the MTSU campus and it comes as the MTSU debate team completes its third year of returning to competition after being dormant for a number of years.

“It’s a monumental task to go from a nonexistent team more or less to hosting a national tournament,” said Richey, director of forensics at MTSU. “I think it brings huge prestige for the university and the state to be the school chosen for this event.”

Dr. Patrick Richey

Dr. Patrick Richey

Richey, who said he has coordinated two national debate tournaments in the past, submitted a bid to host the tournament and attributes the opportunity to host the tournament to MTSU’s location and the quality of its debate team.

Richey said MTSU is fielding 13 students in the tournament, with another 10 debate team members needed to help him with the logistics of hosting an event that will likely involve 600-plus attendees when visiting faculty and judges are factored in.

MTSU debaters will be from Richey’s Communications 3210 Argumentation course as part of the Experiential Learning, or EXL, project. Richey said he’s fielding some of his least experienced debaters because his veterans are needed to serve as hosts.

“But I think we’re going to do pretty well,” he said.

Top sponsors of the national tournament are the MTSU College of Graduate Studies and the Belmont School of Law.

Founded with the university in 1911, the MTSU Debate Team was revamped in 2011. In October 2012, the team hosted its first tournament on campus in nearly a decade and now participates in debates throughout the region.

For more information about MTSU Blue Raider Debate, contact Richey at 615-898-2273 or email him at Patrick.Richey@mtsu.edu. You can also visit www.mtsu.edu/debate/index.php.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

These trophies shown Friday, April 11, inside the Bragg Mass Communication Building will eventually find an owner when the IPDA National Debate Tournament wraps up this weekend on the MTSU campus. The MTSU Blue Raider Debate Team hosted the tournament, which drew close to 300 competitors from 33 schools in 13 states.

These trophies shown Friday, April 11, inside the Bragg Mass Communication Building will eventually find an owner when the IPDA National Debate Tournament wraps up this weekend on the MTSU campus. The MTSU Blue Raider Debate Team hosted the tournament, which drew close to 300 competitors from 33 schools in 13 states.

The Bragg Mass Communication Building atrium was packed Friday, April 11, as debate teams from throughout the country gathered for the 2014 International Public Debate Association's National Tournament hosted by the MTSU Blue Raider Debate Team. (Photos by MTSU News and Media Relations)

The Bragg Mass Communication Building atrium was packed Friday, April 11, as debate teams from throughout the country gathered for the 2014 International Public Debate Association’s National Tournament hosted by the MTSU Blue Raider Debate Team. 

‘Drowsy Chaperone’ romps onstage through April 13 (+VIDEOS)

A starstruck musical theater lover’s imagination is coming to life on MTSU’s Tucker Theatre stage through April 13 with a family-friendly comedy that’s a dream come true for at least two of its actors.

MTSU senior Joshua Hosale, as “Man in Chair,” listens enraptured to fellow senior Alicia Puckett’s over-the-top character, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” in the new MTSU Theatre production of the same name. Performances are set April 9-12 at 7:30 each evening in Tucker Theatre and 2 p.m. April 13. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

“The Drowsy Chaperone,” a five-time 2006 Tony Award-winning musical, is a Cole Porter-esque parody, a show within a show, complete with 1920s stock characters romping across the set while a bashful Broadway fanatic provides running commentary.

Tickets are still available for the MTSU Arts production at www.mtsu.edu/tuckertheatre. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, April 9-12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13.

Advance general admission tickets are $10 each and $5 for K-12 students and senior citizens when purchased online and $12 and $7 at the door. MTSU students with valid IDs will be admitted free.

“This actually is one of my dream roles,” explains MTSU senior Joshua Hosale of Antioch, Tenn., whose “Man in Chair” narrates the onstage festivities he’s imagining in his dreary apartment as he plays the soundtrack of his favorite — nonexistent — 1928 musical.

“I listened to the (Broadway) soundtrack long ago and knew every part. It’s so great for me to get to do this role early in my career. ‘Man in Chair’ actually is a lot like me; I annoy my friends because I love finding out random tidbits. … ‘Man in Chair’ is the person who has to put in his two cents’ worth, all the time.”

Fellow senior Alicia Pickett of Chattanooga is the kohl-eyed, wildly dramatic and usually quite tipsy “Chaperone” who swans across the stage and in and out of the “Man’s” imagination.

Click on the poster for a direct link to buy tickets online in advance and save $2 per ticket!

“I did some research and kind of wanted to be ‘Janet,’” Pickett says, referring to the imaginary musical’s female lead who’s the Chaperone’s charge. “Then, when I saw the Chaperone, I thought, ‘Hey, this sounds like the better deal.’ I’ve really fallen in love with this character. We’re both fabulous, but she’s more fabulous than I am.

The story within “The Drowsy Chaperone” follows, as it were, the misadventures of a Broadway star and her ambivalence about her upcoming wedding to an oil tycoon. There’s also an imperturbable English butler, a ditzy scheming flapper, less-than-cleverly-disguised gangsters, a self-proclaimed Latin lover, a baffled best man and an aviatrix involved in enough mistaken identities, spit takes, tap dancing, roller-skating and wild dance numbers to keep an audience giggling long after the curtain falls.

Professor Kristi Shamburger

The 22-member MTSU cast auditioned last December and started rehearsals in early February, working through their spring break for seven hours each day and “really digging in and getting a professional feel, because that’s what you do as a professional, when you’re not auditioning: spend hours in rehearsals,” explains director Kristi Shamburger, a Department of Speech and Theatre professor at MTSU.

Shamburger, who helmed last fall’s blockbuster MTSU Theatre and Music production of “Les Misérables” with School of Music professor Raphael Bundage, says she’s using one word to describe “Drowsy Chaperone” to everyone who asks.

“Fun!” Shamburger shouts with a grin. “There’s a connection for everybody at some point in this play. It’s just a jewel. There’s farce, there’s mistaken identity — it’s going to hit every generation.

“The older generation in our audience will be touched in a sentimental way and remember times gone by. Our ‘Man in Chair’ is going to hit home with much of our contemporary audience, and the physical comedy will appeal to the very young, too.”

Pickett agrees, adding that she expects theatergoers to “be walking out with a big smile on your face. You should never miss out on this.”

The “Man in Chair,” Hosale notes, is “really your guide to finding yourself and whatever it is you like to do, whether it’s musical theater, building cars or flying airplanes.

“I can’t wait until the auditorium is filled and we get to share this wonderful story,” Hosale adds with a bright smile.

Tickets for “The Drowsy Chaperone” also are available online at http://middletennstate.showclix.com. You can call 888-71-TICKETS (888-718-4253) 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday to order tickets by phone.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)

 

 

MTSU Wind Ensemble reunites with Lindemann in free April 10 concert

MTSU’s Wind Ensemble will close its 2013-14 season, which featured the international release of a second Naxos classical CD, with a free public concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in Hinton Music Hall inside MTSU’s Wright Music Building.

Renowned trumpeter Jens Lindemann will perform with the MTSU Wind Ensemble in a special free concert on April 10 in the Hinton Music Hall on campus. (photo submitted)

MTSU’s premier performing ensemble for wind, brass and percussion students will be joined in their special concert by a return guest, world-renowned trumpet soloist Jens Lindemann, who performed with the group at their spring 2013 closing concert.

Lindemann, a former member of the Canadian Brass who has recorded with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and presented a solo Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth II, has performed as a soloist and recording artist with classical stars such as Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Angel Romero, Doc Severinsen, Charles Dutoit, Gerard Schwarz, Eiji Oue and Bramwell Tovey.

At the April 10 concert, Lindemann will perform two selections with the Wind Ensemble. You can watch one of his spring 2013 performances with the MTSU Wind Ensemble below.

MTSU’s Wind Ensemble continues to stand alone among Tennessee university bands after this winter’s release of its second CD, “Earthrise,” a collaboration with three international composers, on one of the world’s most prestigious classical labels.

MTSU boasts the only university band in Tennessee with recordings released by Naxos of America, the Franklin, Tenn., U.S. headquarters for the Hong Kong-based Naxos classical music group.

Dr. Reed Thomas, director of bands and a professor of music and conducting in MTSU’s renowned School of Music, conducted the Wind Ensemble for “Earthrise” as well as the 2011 release “Angels in the Architecture.” Thomas also will conduct the April 10 concert in Hinton Hall.

You can learn more about the MTSU Wind Ensemble and its latest CD at http://mtsunews.com/wind-ensemble-2nd-naxos-cd. Lindemann offers more details about his music at his website, www.trumpetsolo.com.

For more information on this and other MTSU School of Music events, call 615-898-2493 or visit www.mtsumusic.com and click on the “Concert Calendar” link.

 

Baseball conference brings sport’s past to life (+VIDEO)

MTSU’s Baseball in Literature and Culture Conference welcomed a veteran All-Star and took on the sepia tones of the earliest photographs as it turned to the 19th century for inspiration.

Willie Wilson, a former All-Star with Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals, makes a point during his luncheon address Friday at MTSU’s ninth annual Baseball in Literature and Culture Conference. Wilson is shown above left in his 1979 Topps baseball card. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Willie Wilson Royals card web

The ninth annual event, held today, April 4, in the James Union Building, was to include a late afternoon demonstration of turn-of-the-century baseball by re-enactors who play the game in their own “vintage” league.

Representatives of the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball will don their period uniforms and demonstrate the earliest version of the sport at 3:10 p.m. today in Walnut Grove outside the James Union Building, weather permitting.

The players will be Michael “Roadblock” Thurmon of the Nashville Maroons and Jeff “Skeeter” Wells and Jeff “Cornbread” Jennings of the Stewart’s Creek Scouts.

A searchable campus map with parking details is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap13-14.

“The earliest versions of the game before it began to professionalize after the Civil War still had some of the same structures in place,” said Dr. Warren Tormey, a lecturer in the Department of English and co-director of the conference with fellow English professor Dr. Ron Kates.

Tormey said players did not wear gloves and spectators saw much more cooperation between the pitcher and hitter than in the modern game. Also, a fly ball caught on the bounce was still counted as an out.

Skip Nipper

Skip Nipper, a local baseball historian and sales representative for New Era Sports, set the tone of the conference with the morning keynote address, “The Emerging Era of Middle Tennessee Base-Ball.”

Nipper is president of the Nashville Old Timers Baseball Association and a member of the Grantland Rice-Fred Russell chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research. He is also author of “Baseball in Nashville,” a pictorial history of the game in the Midstate area.

An administrator of www.sulphurdell.com, an online archive for images of the old Sulphur Dell stadium, Nipper has contributed in various ways to the move to build a new stadium on that site for the minor league Nashville Sounds.

Sulphur Dell was the site of Nashville’s first professional baseball team in 1885.

Willie Wilson, a former All-Star with Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals, shared a few anecdotes from his career during his luncheon address in the James Union Building’s Tennessee Room.

Wilson was an American League All-Star outfielder in 1982 and 1983 and led the league in singles for four consecutive seasons from 1979 to 1982. He led the league in stolen bases in 1979, his first season as a full-time player in the majors, and he captured the league batting title in 1982 with a .332 average.

Before the luncheon, Wilson met with youngsters from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. The organization is working with Major League Baseball’s Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities initiative, also known as RBI, to reintroduce the sport to children in urban areas.

“It’s a program that is design to reconnect the game with what has traditionally been one of its greatest fan bases,” Tormey said.

A question-and-answer period followed the luncheon. Wilson also signed copies of his book “Inside the Park: Running the Base Path of Life,” which he co-wrote with Kent Pulliam.

Throughout the conference, leading baseball scholars delivered presentations on various topics, including the place of baseball in American childhood; the Atlanta Braves’ upcoming move to Cobb County, Ga.; and the politics of umpires’ calls.

Referring to baseball’s enduring fascination for the academic community, Tormey repeated historian Jacques Barzun’s oft-quoted observation, “Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball.”

“No other sport has been credited with that sort of status in connection with larger developments in American society,” Tormey added.

For more information, contact Tormey at 615-904-8585 or warren.tormey@mtsu.edu, or Kates at 615-898-2595 or ron.kates@mtsu.edu.

Gina K. Logue (Gina.Logue@mtsu.edu)

Saxophonist completes MTSU Jazz Artist Series with April 5 concert

The final concert of MTSU’s 2013-14 Jazz Artist Series will feature tenor saxophonist John Ellis and the MTSU Jazz Ensemble 1 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in Hinton Music Hall inside the university’s Wright Music Building.

The performance also will be the culmination of the daylong MTSU Jazz Festival, which offers instrumental and vocal students at the junior high and high school levels an individual focus on jazz style and the art of jazz improvisation.

Tenor saxophonist John Ellis will be the featured performer for the final concert of MTSU’s 2013-14 Jazz Artist Series this Saturday night, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wright Music Building. (photo submitted)

“A master class with one of our jazz faculty members will also be a feature of the day’s activities for students,” said Jamey Simmons, director of jazz studies at MTSU. “The beauty of this format is that the whole ensemble need not attend but are in fact welcome at the same time.”

Tickets for the April 5 concert are $10 for the general public and can be reserved by calling 615-898-2724 or emailing james.simmons@mtsu.edu. Admission is free for MTSU students, faculty and staff with valid ID. Discounts for area band students and educators are also available.

Jazz artist Ellis is widely recognized as one of New York’s premiere tenor saxophone voices. A sideman to artists as diverse as bassist John Patitucci, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenon, Ellis has performed extensively around the world for the last 20 years and has more than 100 album credits as a sideman.

He was the second-place winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition in 2002 and the recipient of three composition grants through The Jazz Gallery for the creation of new work (“Dreamscapes,” “The Ice Siren” and “MOBRO”). Ellis has released seven albums as a leader, two featuring his popular New Orleans-centered band Double-Wide, which has toured extensively and was featured on the Main Stage of the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

MTSU’s Jazz Ensemble 1 is the top performing large ensemble in the jazz studies program at MTSU. It features the most experienced student players and concentrates on cutting-edge literature and master works from the big band repertoire. This ensemble has toured throughout the region, recruiting and performing at collegiate festivals, and performs each year at the MTSU Jazz Festival with an internationally acclaimed jazz artist.

For more information about MTSU’s Jazz Artist Series, please visit www.mtsu.edu/music/jazzseries.php or call 615-898-2493. For more about the annual Jazz Festival, please visit www.mtsu.edu/music/jazzfest.php.