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New compositions dedicated to UTC and Chattanooga to premiere

New compositions dedicated to the University and the city of Chattanooga will be premiered at a UTC Jazz Ensemble concert on Friday, April 21, 8 p.m., in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Contemporary music will be the theme of the concert. Chris Gordon, director of Music at Bevill State Community College and recipient of the coveted "Duke Ellington Composers Award" from the Eastman School of Music, was inspired after visiting UTC. He wrote “Moc City,” which combines fusion with a hint of Native American folk music.

A new composition by Shane Porter, UTC Assistant Director of Bands, Director of Athletic Bands & the Jazz Program, is entitled "Scenic Impressions."

‘This is a musical pictorial about a day in the life of Chattanooga,” Porter said. “A slow, yet bold beginning is like the sun coming up on the side of the mountain and movement begins in downtown and coming across the bridges. As the main theme begins, you can hear how normal daily business is going on, as it progresses, it takes you into the night-life of Chattanooga and ultimately ends with a reminder of the beginning of the day.”

Additionally, the works of current Jazz artists Rob Alley (Trumpet/Composer), Jimmy Bowland (Tenor Saxophone/Composer), Mace Hibbard (Alto Saxophone), Chad Fisher (Trombone/Composer) will be performed.

Rob Alley's tune is entitled "After Bartok," and itis based on a theme by Bela Bartok.

Jimmy Bowland is responsible for two compositions, "Soul Pie" and "Can't Catch It.” Both are compositions written for his small group "The Rigby/Bowland Project," and have been turned into Big Band arrangements by Porter.

Chad Fisher is also responsible for two compositions on the concert, "At Home" and "Chocolate Milk.” "At Home" is a musical soundscape of Fisher’s early memories in Alabama. "Chocolate Milk" is a funk tune.

About Shane Porter

The UTC Assistant Director of Bands, Director of Athletic Bands & the Jazz Program, Shane Porter received an MS in Music Education from Troy State University and a B.A. in Jazz Arranging/Composition from the University of Alabama. He is currently pursuing his DMA in Trumpet performance from the University of Alabama. Since graduating in 2002, Porter has been an active music educator, adjudicator and clinician from the middle school to collegiate level.

Mr. Porter began his publishing career in 1999 with Warner Brothers Music. Since that time, Porter has been published by Alfred Reed Music, Jalen Music & FJH Music. Porter continues to add to the annual catalog of compositions & arrangements for educational institutions. In January 2006, "Music Through Time, An Appreciation of Music in Europe and America", a text in which Porter was a co-author, was published by Kendall-Hunt.

He has been a professional musician since before graduating high school, touring with well known Motown artists such as the Temptations, 4-Tops & OJays. His most recent popular music affiliation is with American Idol, Ruben Studdard. Mr. Porter in among the youngest inductees into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame as a member of the Tuscaloosa Horns & is also affiliated with many professional organizations such as the International Association for Jazz Educators, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinphonia, and is a Lawler Trumpet performing artist.

As the founder of the New South Jazz Orchestra, in February 2005, Mr. Porter celebrated the release of the groups self-titled CD. More information about the New South Jazz Orchestra can be found at www.nsjo.com. To contact Shane Porter, email him at either shane-porter@utc.edu or shane@nsjo.com.

March 31, 2006

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