ANDREA EDWARDS, a senior at UT-Martin, is in her third year as a music education major. She performs on the B-flat, E-flat, and bass clarinets. Her path in music began in her fourth grade class in Chicago, Illinois, where she played her clarinet. She graduated from First Assembly Christian School in Cordova, Tennessee, 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 principal clarinet in wind ensemble. She is also a devoted member of Sigma Alpha Iota international music fraternity, UTM Woodwind Student Association, and Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honor Society. Upon graduation, she plans to either become an elementary school music teacher or continue her schooling to get her Master's degree. Some of her favorite composers are John Williams, Alexandre Desplat, Robert Schumann, and George Gershwin. When not making music, Andrea enjoys theater, writing, and reading.
BECCA DEAN is a freshman music education major. She graduated from Henry County High School in 2015 and was inspired by her band directors to share her love of music with others. In high school, she was a member of the Henry County Marching Patriots, concert band, and clarinet quartet. She continues to help out at Henry County as a woodwind/clarinet tech. Today she is a part of the UTM Skyhawk Marching Band, as well as the concert band and clarinet choir. After college, she plans to teach either high or middle school music/band. Some of her favorite composers are Hans Zimmer and Gustav Holst. In her free time, she enjoys playing basketball and binge-watching Disney movies with her sisters.
BROOKE HOWARD is a junior 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 is drum major for the Skyhawk Marching Band and 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 sophomore music education major from Chewalla, Tennessee, who graduated from McNairy Central High School in 2014. Today she is an active member of the UT-Martin Wind Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, Contemporary Music Group, and Skyhawk Marching Band. She serves as the ushering chair for Sigma Alpha Iota and public relations chair for the Woodwind Students’ Association. This past summer, Caitlyn worked as a mailroom assistant for Interlochen Arts Camp, and she is eager to return next summer. In her free time, Caitlyn enjoys camping and watching Grey's Anatomy.
HOLLY GRAVES is a junior 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.
JACK MERGEN is a freshman music education major from Mayfield, Kentucky. At UTM, he performs in the wind ensemble, jazz band, clarinet choir, and Skyhawk Marching Band. He started playing clarinet in fourth grade; since then, he has learned to play bass clarinet, alto clarinet, contrabass clarinet, alto saxophone, and tenor saxophone. Throughout his time at Graves County High School, he participated in many ensembles, including concert band, marching band, wind ensemble, jazz band, saxophone quartet, chamber choir, men's a cappella group, and symphony orchestra, as well as All-District Band, Quad State Band, UTM Honor Band, Paducah Symphony Youth Orchestra, and All-State Band. Jack is a huge fan of classical and jazz, and he enjoys going disc golfing in his spare time. After college, Jack hopes to become a high school band director.
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.
JENSON GREENBURG is a freshman music education major. In middle school, he wanted to play the trombone, saxophone, or percussion but ended up on clarinet, eventually earning earned first chair in his band and joining the All-West Tennessee honor band. In high school, he was the only freshman in the wind ensemble and participated in many ensembles, like jazz band, orchestra, and indoor drumline. During his senior year, he was the president of the orchestra and squad leader for band. He was one of only 15 freshmen selected for UT-Martin’s University Scholars program. His main inspiration for clarinet is Squidward Tentacles. He wishes to one day work at Sea World.
Dr. Aleksander performs at ICA ClarinetFest
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