Student Bios

Emily Campbell

Emily Campbell is a junior music education major from Trenton, Tennessee. This 2016 Peabody High School graduate was both a captain and field commander for the Peabody Band of Gold her senior year. She first discovered her love of music when she started taking piano lessons in the 4 th grade. Her love of music grew when she began playing clarinet in the 6 th grade band. Throughout her middle and high school years, she performed in All-State Band, All-West Band, UTM Honor Band, and Murray Quad 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 Choir, and University Singers. She is also the Sergeant-at-Arms and co- choir director for Sigma Alpha Iota, the international music fraternity for women. Additionally, she teaches clarinet and piano lessons through the Community Music Academy and is one of the Supplemental Instruction Leaders for Music History and Theory. After graduation, she hopes to teach music in an elementary school.



Becca Dean

Becca Dean is a senior music education major from Paris, TN. She graduated from Henry County High School in 2015. She began playing clarinet in the 5th grade, when her love and passion for music began to grow. She remained in band through high school, and leadership roles in the band program helped her passion for teaching blossom, so during her senior year, she decided to pursue music education as a career. Becca is highly involved on the UT-Martin campus. She is the former president of the Woodwind Students’ Association, a member of Sigma Alpha Iota-Epsilon Iota music fraternity, and the Resident Assistant for the Music Living- Learning Community in Cooper Hall. She is also an active member of the UTM Wind Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, and Flute/Clarinet/Piano Trio. After graduation, she would like to become a middle or high school band director.




Claire Foret

Claire Foret is a freshman music education major. She graduated from McNairy Central High School, where she was head drum major for both her junior and senior years. Being the daughter of two music educators, it was easy for her to fall in love with music at a very young age, and her parents inspired her to pursue her degree in music education. Throughout her middle and high school years, she participated in All-State Band, All-West Band, UTM Honor Band, and UTM Chamber Fest. Claire is now a member of the UT-Martin Wind Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, and Aviators. After graduation, she hopes to become an elementary music teacher and inspire the next generation of music educators.





Taylor Grimes

Taylor Grimes is a sophomore music education major who plays in the UTM Wind Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, and Aviators. She will graduate in 2021 and plans to attend graduate school. This past summer, she traveled to Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic to perform with a chamber ensemble led by Dr. John Oelrich. She enjoys working with kids and is a childcare worker when not in school.





Brianna Hampton

Brianna Hampton is a freshman music education major who graduated from Westview High School in 2018. She decided later in her senior year to pursue her passion and major in music after much encouragement from friends, family, and community members. She was a member of their Marching Band, Jazz Band, and Jazz Combo. While clarinet is her primary instrument, she also has played saxophone, percussion and violin in various ensembles. Brianna was a participant in the All West Honor Band for all four years of high school. In her sophomore year, she participated in the first Adolphe Saxopalooza, and she continues to participate every year. She is very active in her community’s various musical activities and is a regular in the Martin Community Band and other ensembles that UTM offers. This past summer, Brianna taught violin, percussion, and singing at the Martin Enrichment Academy, the Margaret N. Perry Children's Center, and UTM’s Kid College. She is currently an active member of the Clarinet Choir, Wind Ensemble, and University Steel Band.




Lynsie McMullen

Lynsie McMullen is a freshman Bachelor of Arts in Music at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She is a graduate of Graves County High School in Mayfield, Kentucky. During her senior year, she was drum major of her high school’s “Screamin’ Eagle Marching Band” and principal in the concert band. Lynsie’s passion for clarinet started when her older sister was introduced into music three years before her: ever since then, she knew that she wanted to develop her interest in music. She has been involved in several honor bands, including All- District Symphonic Band, All-District Concert Band, UTM Honor Band, UTM Chamber Fest, and Murray Quad State Honor Band. In her spare time, Lynsie loves to play guitar and her clarinet, whether it's for praying or just for fun. Today, Lynsie is involved in the UT-Martin Concert Band, Clarinet Choir, and Aviators; she is also a member of Alpha Delta Pi (ΑΔΠ) Sorority. After college, Lynsie hopes to keep playing music while pursuing a career as a Vet-Tech.



Jack Mergen

Jack Mergen is a fourth-year clarinet pedagogy major from Mayfield, Kentucky. At UTM, he has played in the Wind Ensemble, clarinet quartet, clarinet choir, jazz band, jazz combo, choro ensemble, and Contemporary Music Group. He started playing clarinet in fourth grade; since then, he has added bass clarinet, alto clarinet, Eb clarinet, contralto clarinet, contrabass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, and baritone saxophone. In his spare time, Jack enjoys disc golfing and spending time with his friends. After UTM, he plans to go to graduate school so he can teach woodwind lessons at the collegiate level and perform in various professional ensembles.



Peyton Rook

Peyton Rook is a first-year music education major from Newbern, Tennessee. She began playing clarinet under the direction of Mr. Justin Brown at Dyer County High School during her sophomore year. She went on to become section leader for her clarinet section during her senior year; she also played in the UTM Honor Band and UTM Chamber Fest. Peyton is studying music education so she can share her newfound love and passion for music with younger generations.