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Ed Sargent Guest Artist Series 2019-2020

Department of Music

108 Fine Arts

16 Mt. Pelia Rd.

Martin, TN 38238


(731) 881-7402


Dr. Julie Hill, Chair

Ed Sargent Guest Artist Series 2019-2020

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Ed Sargent

Ed Sargent
(UT Martin Class of 1982)

Learn more about Ed Sargent & the Guest Artist Series

The Ed Sargent Guest Artist Series is named in recognition of UTM alumnus Ed Sargent. Sargent is a Grammy-nominated producer, and for 25 years was tour manager jazz trumpet great, Maynard Ferguson.


Ed joined the ranks of the Queen of Rock and Roll, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts as Tour Manager in the Fall of 2007 and continues to this day. Under the Blackhearts umbrella of touring, Ed has toured with artists such as Aerosmith, Boston, Greenday, The Who, Foo Fighters, Styx, Heart, Cheap Trick, Cyndi Lauper, Def Leppard and others.. In his early jazz days, Sargent worked not only with Ferguson but a variety of Jazz artists, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Dizzy Gillespie, Marlena Shaw, Billy Eckstein and Dianne Schuur. As a producer, Sargent along with Stockton Helbing produced Ferguson's last recording "The One And Only Maynard Ferguson" from which the Steve Wiest arrangement of "Besame Mucho" was a Grammy Nominated bid.


In a variety of production capacities, Executive Producer and Producer, Sargent executed Fergusonâ?Ts last 10 projects, including recording projects with Concord Records and Michael Feinstein, video and recording projects with Dianne Schuur.


In the Maynard Ferguson Presents series, Ed also co-produced recording projects with Carl Fischer, long time trumpeter with Billy Joel, French Pianist Christian Jacob, Pittsburg icon trombonist Reggie Watkins and alongside Tim Ries, veteran saxophonist for the Rolling Stones, on the acclaimed double CD project "Stones World".


In 2000/2001, Ed took a hiatus from touring to become the President of Johnny Rabb Drumstick Company. The company was internationally recognized as one of the fastest-growing music companies in the world, won numerous awards and Most Innovative Sticks from Drum Magazine 2000. johnnyraBB Drumsticks specialized in the manufacturing of innovative drumsticks and mallets, developed through the integration of nature, science and creativity. johnnyraBB Drumsticks was the only drumstick company in the world to maintain complete quality control from standing timber to the final product. After negotiating the sale of johnnyraBB drumsticks Co.to DW Drums in Dec. 2001 Ed returned to touring life with the Ferguson band until 2006, when Maynard Ferguson passed.


Sargent's long musical career came as a direct link from the UTM "Guest Concert Series" when Stan Mark, Lead Trumpeter for Ferguson made a guest appearance with the UTM jazz and concert band in 1980, Ed was the Student liaison for Mr. Mark. This association has forever ingrained a desire to nurture performers from all walks of the arts to come to UTM. Outside of touring, Sargent is dedicated to supporting artists and mentoring young musicians through masterclasses and production workshops.


Ticket prices:

$10 - General Admission

$5 - Non-UTM students with student ID

Free - UTM students

UTM students, please reserve your tickets online

For more information, please contact Chelsea Jones at chelseajones@utm.edu.


  • Break of Reality Break of Reality

    September 23

    Tickets On Sale Now!


    The UTM Department of Music kicks off its second season of the Ed Sargent Guest Artist Series with acclaimed cello/percussion group Break of Reality. Break of Reality is regarded as one of the worldâ?Ts premiere alt-classical chamber ensembles and their sound has bridged the gap between classical, rock, and world music listeners. This performance is generously sponsored by Mr. Bill Blankenship. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door.

  • Lalo & Friends Salsa Band Group photo Lalo & Friends

    October 5

    Lalo & Friends is free & open to the public.


    Join us for Salsa in the Quad with Lalo & Friends Salsa Band, a horn-blowing Afro-Cuban ensemble made up of award-winning Nashville session musicians led by percussionist Lalo Davila which will have you off your feet to dance. This event will also feature food trucks, a 4:30 p.m. dance lesson, and a 5:00 p.m. performance. The performance is sponsored by the Student Government Association, Multicultural Affairs, the Coleman Family Fund, & the Department of Music. Admission is free and open to the public.

  • Latitude 49 Group photo Latitude 49

    November 18

    Tickets On Sale Now!


    Latitude 49 joins the Department of Music to present an exciting concert program of new music as well as a collaboration with the UTM Contemporary Music Group. Latitude 49 is a dynamic mixed-chamber group blending the finesse of a classical ensemble with the drive and precision of a finely tuned rock band. These performances are supported in part by the Paul Meek Library. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door.

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  • Guadete Brass ensemble Guadete Brass


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  • Hypercube group photo Hypercube