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Porter writes music appreciation text

Shane Porter, Assistant Director of Bands, Director of Athletic Bands and the Jazz Program, has written an in-depth collegiate music appreciation textbook covering 20th century commercial music with a new twist.

Unlike all other music appreciation textbooks currently on the market, Music Through time: An appreciation of Music in Europe and America does not come with cds for listening, which Porter says drives up the cost of the textbook.

“Kendall-Hunt has a contract with Rhapsody, an online music provider, and each book comes with it's own code for a free 4 month subscription,” Porter said. “Each professor can customize the listening assignments for his or her class. Not only that, the students have free access to over 1,000,000 tunes. This is quite a better deal than other music appreciation texts, considering you have to purchase up to $150 in Listening Material.”

Porter recently had a new composition premier at the UTC Jazz Concert, where the theme was contemporary music. On "Scenic Impressions,” Porter’s credits were Trumpet/Composer/Arranger in this musical pictorial about a day in the life of Chattanooga.

Porter received an M.S. 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 D.M.A. 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. 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. He 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.

Porter is among the youngest inductees into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame as a member of the Tuscaloosa Horns. He is also affiliated with 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 he is a Lawler Trumpet performing artist.

As the founder of the New South Jazz Orchestra, in February 2005, Porter celebrated the release of the group's self-titled CD. More information about the New South Jazz Orchestra can be found at www.nsjo.com or by email.

May 19, 2006

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