Student Bios

Emily Campbell

Emily Campbell is a sophomore music education major from Trenton, TN. A 2016 graduate of Peabody High School, she was both a captain and field commander for the Peabody Band of Gold in her senior year. She discovered her love of music when she started taking piano lessons in fourth grade. Her love of music grew when she began playing clarinet in sixth grade band. Throughout her middle and high school years, she attended All-West Band, Murray Quad State, UTM Honor Band, and All-State Band. She was inspired by both her middle and high school band directors to pursue a degree in music education. Today, Emily’s primary instrument is clarinet, but she also takes minor lessons in piano. She is an active member of UTM’s Wind Ensemble, Clarinet Quartet, Clarinet Choir, Contemporary Music Group, and Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity. She also serves as clarinet section leader for the Skyhawk Marching Band, secretary for the Woodwind Students’ Association, and a representative on the UTM Music Student Council. After graduation, she hopes to either become a middle school band director or pursue a master’s degree in music therapy.



Becca Dean

Becca Dean is a junior music education major. She graduated from Henry County High School in 2015 and was inspired by her band directors to pursue a degree in music and share her love of and passion for music with others. She is now a member of the UT Martin Wind Ensemble, Skyhawk Marching Band, and Clarinet Choir. She is an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota and current president of the Woodwind Students’ Association. After college, she would like to teach band at either a middle school or a high school. She is also a resident assistant in Cooper Hall. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, Henry.




Rachel Edwards

Rachel Edwards is sophomore B.A. student from Medina, TN. She graduated from South Gibson County High School in 2016 and plays the clarinet and bass clarinet. After graduating from UTM, she aspires to be an instrument repair technician and someday own her own business.





Taylor Grimes

Taylor Grimes is a freshman music education major. She graduated from Independence High School, where she was drum major in her high school’s marching band and played in their wind ensemble. She performed with the Mid-State Gold Band in 2016 and 2017. Now she is a part of the Skyhawk Marching Band as well as the UTM Wind Ensemble. After her time at UTM, she plans to go to graduate school and eventually teach at the university level.




Patrick Hill

Patrick Hill is a senior music education major who plays both saxophone and clarinet. He currently plays principal saxophone in the UTM Wind Ensemble and soprano saxophone in the UTM Sax Quartet; in the past, he has played both lead tenor and lead alto in the UTM Jazz Band. Patrick has also been part of other chamber ensembles at UTM, including the UTM Saxophone Ensemble, UTM Clarinet Choir, and a clarinet quartet.




Brooke Howard

Brooke Howard is a senior music education major from Clarksville, TN. In the sixth grade, she was 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 was drum major for the Skyhawk Marching Band and is 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 when performing and teaching – and in everything she does!



Caitlyn King

Caitlyn King is a senior music education major from Chewalla, TN. She has performed in several UTM chamber ensembles, including Clarinet Choir, Contemporary Music Group, and the C4 Clarinet Quartet, which she helped establish. For the past two years, she has also served as principal clarinet with the UTM Wind Ensemble. She shares her passion for furthering music through memberships in Sigma Alpha Iota and the UTM Woodwind Students’ Association. Each summer, she works at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan; while there, she also studies Alexander Technique with Dr. Karen Benda. She is passionate about performance and healthy musicianship, and she plans to pursue graduate studies that integrate these areas.



Jack Mergen

Jack Mergen is a third-year music education major from Mayfield, Kentucky. At UTM, he has played in the Wind Ensemble, Skyhawk Marching Band, clarinet quartet, clarinet choir, jazz band, jazz combo, and Contemporary Music Group. He started playing clarinet in fourth grade; since then, he has added bass clarinet, alto clarinet, contrabass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, and baritone saxophone. Jack enjoys disc golfing and spending time with his friends in his spare time. After school, he plans to be a high school band director and perform in various professional ensembles.


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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