Current Students

228 Fine Arts

Martin, TN 38238

Ph:

(731) 881-7407

Em:

Dr. Jessie Thoman

Current Students

Meet the Studio!

Destiny Meyer

Destiny Meyer is a senior Music Education major with emphasis in horn. While in grade school, she attended All-West her 9th, 11th, and 12th grade years, placing in the top bands all three years. She also attended UTM Honor Band every year, from her 7th grade year until she graduated, also placing within the top chairs of the top bands. She was a part of the very first two UTM Honors Chamber Ensemble Festivals, playing in a woodwind quintet and then a brass quintet. During her 9th and 10th grade years, she was a member of the Jackson Symphony Youth Orchestra and was able to perform in two side-by-side concerts with the Jackson Symphony. Her junior/senior year summer and senior / freshman year pre-summer, she was in the Martin Community Band. She graduated from South Gibson County High School, Medina, TN, in 2014.

 

The summer before Destiny attended UT Martin, she marched mellophone with Music City Drum & Bugle Corps, an open class corps based out of Nashville, TN. While at UTM as a freshman, she made lots of friends through music related activities and managed to survive the first year of college as a Music Education major. The summer before her sophomore year, she was able to march mellophone with the Bluecoats, a world class corps out of Canton, OH. Their production Kinetic Noise won 3rd place at DCI World Championships, held at Lucas Oil Stadium in early August. She has been a part of the UTM Wind Ensemble for seven semesters, was an inaugural member of the Contemporary Music Group, has played mellophone in the Skyhawk Marching Band and the basketball Pep Band for three seasons, and has been in a brass quintet for four semesters. The summer of 2017, Destiny marched with the Bluecoats again in their production "Jagged Line," winning fifth place at DCI World Championships. She is marching her age-out with the Bluecoats. Destiny hopes to student teach in the Nashville area after she graduates in Ma 2018. She is currently on marching band staff at a local high school in Union City, TN, and hopes to continue working with high school and middle school bands after she graduates.

 

In her free time, Destiny enjoys cooking fancy meals, hanging out with the studio, or sleeping. She also enjoys talking about the marching arts and different programs / productions she has enjoyed!

 

 

Will Latham

Will Latham is a third year Music Education major at the University of Tennessee at Martin in Martin, Tennessee. He graduated from McNairy Central High School in Selmer, Tennessee where he was under the direction of Ryan Foret. At UTM, he has been an active member in the marching band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Brass Quintet and Horn Choir. He is now the mellophone section leader for Skyhawk Marching Band. Outside of the university, he is a member of the First Baptist Church Orchestra in Martin, Tennessee. Will has also had the privilege to perform with the Corinth Symphony Orchestra in Corinth, Mississippi. His private teachers include Jennifer Cupples and Jessie Thoman. In his spare time Will enjoys swimming, reading, and knowing all things Harry Potter.

 

 

Cheyenne McMullen

Cheyenne McMullen lives in Martin, Tennessee, and is attending the University of Tennessee, Martin for her Music Education degree (BM). She plays Horn and is a member of several of the university’s ensembles including wind ensemble, brass choir, horn ensemble, and Skyhawk Marching Band, where she is currently the drum major. She has been on technician staff for her alma mater (Graves County High School in Mayfield, Kentucky), as well as being the resident horn teacher for the Community Music Academy at UTM. When not enjoying playing or teaching, she frequently works as a graphic designer and illustrator, quilter, and digital media artist. Her favorite media is markers. Cheyenne plans on graduating in Spring of 2019 and can’t wait to share her love of both music and visual art with her future students.

 

 

Kelsey Vandergriff

Kelsey Vandergriff is currently a third year Music Education major at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She graduated from Dyer County High School in Newbern, Tennessee, under the direction of Justin Brown. It wasn’t until her freshman year in high school that she decided to pursue music as a career. Starting at Pine Ridge High School in Deltona, Florida she went into beginning band to learn french horn. It was hard journey but she eventually moved to Tennessee and got the help she needed by starting lessons under Dr. Jessie Thoman. Kelsey is now attending the University of Tennessee at Martin studying horn under Dr. Jessie Thoman. She plans to pursue a Masters Degree in Performance upon graduating from UTM and live her dream of performing with symphonies and ensembles all over the country and potentially the world.

 

Aside from performance and school, Kelsey works with the band students at Westview High School in Martin Tennessee and Dyer County High School in Newbern Tennessee. She works at Westview High school with the drum major and brass line. She also works as visual technician. When not focusing on music, Kelsey enjoys playing Nintendo games; her favorite being The Legend of Zelda. She also loves cats and currently has five cats at home.

 

 

Kathryn Kerr

Kathryn Kerr is currently a second-year Music Education major at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She graduated from Obion County Central High School, Troy, in 2016. During her high school career, she participated in the University of Tennessee at Martin Honor Band, West Tennessee Symphony Band and Orchestra Association’s All-West Honor Bands, and their All-State Bands. She began studying with Jessie Thoman four years ago, and is excited to have her as a mentor for another few years. When Kathryn can find some free time, she enjoys coloring and looking at fun craft ideas she will never do on Pinterest.

 

 

Georgia Emmons

Georgia Emmons is a freshman Music Education major at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She graduated from McNairy Central High School in Selmer, Tennessee as Valedictorian. Although academic studies are important to Georgia, she has always enjoyed the arts more. Georgia has attended several honor bands, clinics, and festivals over her seven years of playing the horn and has been an intern for some of the band programs in her county. To say the least, she is very excited to delve deeper into the world of music. In her spare time, Georgia likes to paint, read, and run-- not all at the same time, though! During the summer, Georgia volunteers her time to performing with the orchestra for her hometown’s annual production of a musical. She also has a strong love for dogs and makes it known whenever she spots one.

 

 

Will Smith

Will Smith is a freshman Business Major with a Music Minor. He was born in Nashville, TN, and attended Brentwood High School, where he played baritone saxophone until his sophomore year when he switched to horn. During his time in high school, he marched with the band all 4 years, and was brass captain his senior year. He was also in pit with the Brentwood Winterline as the sound technician their charter year (also winning state the very first year of existence), and later being pit captain his second year, playing marimba. Will was also offered a contract his sophomore year of high school to march Music City Drum Corps playing mellophone and spent his whole summer touring the country. He intends to work at a recording studio when he graduates, as well as teach marching band at local high schools around Nashville, and hopefully to teach a Music City Drum Corps. In his free time, Will likes to play video games, watch drum corps videos, and practicing mellophone and horn.

Events

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

228 Fine Arts

Martin, TN 38238

Ph:

(731) 881-7407

Em:

Dr. Jessie Thoman