Student Bios

235 Fine Arts

Martin, TN 38238

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(731) 881-7413

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Dr. Elizabeth Aleksander

Student Bios

ANDREA EDWARDS, a junior at UT Martin, is in her second year as a music education major. She performs on the clarinet and bass clarinet. She graduated for First Assembly Christian School in Cordova, TN, in 2012. Throughout her high school career, Andrea attended Solo and Ensemble Festival and All-West Honor Band; she also performed in winter guard and as the drum major for her marching band. In her first year of college, Andrea was a civil engineering major, but after a semester, she changed her major to have a career worth having! Andrea is the clarinet section leader for the UT Martin Skyhawk Marching Band and first chair in wind ensemble. She is also the Corresponding Secretary for Sigma Alpha Iota international music fraternity and a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honor Society. Upon graduation, she plans to either become a high school music teacher or continue her schooling to get her Master's degree. Some of her favorite composers are John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Alexandre Desplat, and Robert Schumann. When not making music, Andrea enjoys theater, swimming, writing, and reading.

 

ASHTON PRIEST is a freshman communications major and music minor from Obion, Tennessee. She graduated from Obion County Central High School and was involved in marching band, concert band, and jazz band—she even sang in the barbershop quartet as a baritone! She has also been a part of the UTM Honor Band Festival for two years and the UTM Honors Chamber Music Festival for one year. Ashton was originally a tuba player in sixth grade until her middle school director switched her over due to a clarinet shortage. In high school, she found that happy medium by playing bass clarinet for concert band, and she is currently loving UTM's new contrabass clarinet. At UTM, Ashton is in the Skyhawk Marching Band, concert band, and clarinet choir, and she hopes to join Sigma Alpha Iota. After graduation, she plans on being a radio and/or television broadcaster, whether it be in the spotlight or behind the scenes. Aside from playing clarinet, Ashton loves watching shows on Netflix, writing, learning new instruments, and scrolling through Tumblr.

 

BROOKE HOWARD is a sophomore music education major from Clarksville, TN. In the sixth grade, she was first introduced to the clarinet, which she chose because her mother had played it. In middle school, she learned to love low instruments, including the bass clarinet, bari sax, and tenor sax, and she began exploring jazz as well. Her love for music grew when she entered high school and joined her school’s marching band and wind ensemble. Brooke pursued many performing opportunities outside of school, including the Gateway Honor Band, Midstate Honor Band, Austin Peay State University Honor Band, Western Kentucky Honor Band, and UTM Honors Chamber Ensemble Festival. It was at this festival where she fell in love with the music program at UT-Martin! Brooke has also become a member of the music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota. She loves to motivate, help, and inspire anyone she can. She is very excited to show her passion for music in her clarinet performances and everything she does.

 

CAITLYN KING is a freshman music education major from Chewalla, TN. She graduated from McNairy Central High School, where she participated in marching band, concert band, jazz band, indoor percussion, and several chamber ensembles. During high school, she attended the UTM Honor Band, UTM Honors Chamber Music Festival, and All-West Honor Band. After high school, she began working with the MCHS Bobcat Band as a woodwind tech. Today, Caitlyn is a proud member of the Skyhawk Marching Band and the UT-Martin wind ensemble. Her proudest moment in music was marching in Houma, LA, for the opening weekend of Mardi Gras festivities. In her free time, she enjoys camping and binge watching Grey's Anatomy on Netflix.

 

CHASITY WATSON is a junior biology major and music minor. While attending Overton High School in Memphis, Tennessee, she participated in All-West Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Band, as well as All-State Band. Chasity, who also plays saxophone, has performed at Carnegie Hall and in several jazz competitions in New Orleans. Her fondness for jazz is also reflected in her favorite clarinetist (Benny Goodman) and work (Rhapsody in Blue). Even though she is working toward a career in medicine, Chasity is active in music because she loves it! When not playing clarinet or studying biology, she enjoys singing, dancing, and shopping.

 

HOLLY GRAVES is a sophomore music education major from Medina, Tennessee. A graduate of South Gibson County High School, she participated in her school’s jazz band, concert band, and marching band, as well as the UTM Honor Band and All-West Honor Band. Her favorite clarinet player is Benny Goodman, and in addition to her clarinet skills, Holly also plays saxophone and soccer. She wants to become a high school band director—and later, maybe a college director. Her proudest musical moments were playing at the Statue of Liberty and meeting the former director of Wicked at the Gershwin Theater in New York.

 

JAMIE WEBB, from Brentwood, TN, is a freshman studying music education at the University of Tennessee at Martin. As a freshman at Brentwood High School, she had no intention of continuing with music after her first year, but about a month after marching season began, she was pressured into joining the marching band—and that’s really where she got her start in music. She then began taking lessons in her sophomore year of high school to prepare for All-Mid State auditions. She played in the bronze band for two years and the silver band in her senior year. In addition, Jamie has attended the Tennessee Tech Festival of Winds and Percussion and earned the highest rating at solo and ensemble for three years in a row. In her junior year, she realized that she wanted to major in music because her general music class really opened her eyes. She believes that teaching music is a great way to serve the community while still being involved with something that she’s come to love.

 

MICHAELA JOHNSON is a Yankee from Rochester, Minnesota. She’s a sophomore computer science major and music minor who has been in band for ten years. For the past six years, Michaela has also been in marching band as a member of the color guard. She is a very talented musician who plays flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, and contra alto clarinet. Her favorite piece she has ever played is “Sonata in G minor” for bass clarinet by Henry Eccles. Overall, she says, “I just love music!”

 

NICOLE McDANIEL, daughter of Robert McDaniel and the late Patricia Williams, came to UTM from Graves County High School in Mayfield, KY. About six years ago, she moved there from Chicago, IL, where she started playing clarinet in fourth grade. Since moving to Mayfield, Nicole has participated in All-District Band, Quad-State Band Festival, and Solo & Ensemble festivals. She was also a member of her high school marching band, the Screaming Eagle Band, for five years, and she is now continuing the tradition by being part of the Skyhawk Marching Band. Nicole is a freshman veterinary science major with a minor in music. She hopes to finish her undergraduate studies here and continue on to graduate school to receive her Doctorate.

 

PATRICK HILL, from Trenton, TN, is a freshman music education major, with saxophone as his principal instrument. His goal is to get a doctorate in multiple woodwinds, which is why he’s pursuing clarinet lessons so early in his education. Patrick is a huge classical music and opera fan who enjoys playing chess and going to the gym.

 

RYAN FRISTENSKY is a freshman music performance major at UTM. He plays Bb clarinet and bass clarinet in the UTM wind ensemble. He graduated from Munford High School and has performed with the Tennessee All State Band and Memphis Youth Symphony. Out of the whole clarinet family, Eb and Bb are his favorite.

 

TONI RICHARDSON is a freshman majoring in health and human performance, with a minor in music. She’s played clarinet for over eight years and graduated from Munford High School in 2014. While there, she played in the wind ensemble and jazz two group, and she also participated in the 2014 UTM Honors Chamber Music Festival. At UTM, Toni plays in the Skyhawk Marching Band, concert band, and clarinet choir, where she plays Bb clarinet, alto clarinet, and contralto clarinet. After she graduates, Toni plans on getting her Master’s degree. She enjoys listening to a variety of music, reading, and writing. And she adds: “I love the Fine Arts studio and all of the instructors and am extremely excited to finally be a part of it!”

Events

Sunday
Oct. 26

UTM Wind Ensemble Concert
6:00 PM

Saturday
Nov. 01

Jazz Workshop with Miles Osland
10:00 AM

Saturday
Nov. 01

Jackson Symphony Concert
7:30 PM

Unless otherwise noted, all performances are in the Blankenship Recital Hall, located on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building.

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235 Fine Arts

Martin, TN 38238

Ph:

(731) 881-7413

Em:

Dr. Elizabeth Aleksander