Josh Spaulding, Senior
Johnson City, Tennessee
Josh Spaulding is a senior Music Education major at the University of Tennessee Martin. At UTM, he has performed in the UTM Percussion Ensemble, World Percussion Ensemble, Pep Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and the Skyhawk Marching Band. Josh currently serves on the board of the PAS University Committee, and recently placed 6th in the 2012 PASIC collegiate marimba competition. In addition, Mr. Spaulding was the Collegiate Division winner of the 2012 Tennessee PAS soloist competition. Josh had the honor of participating in the 2011 and the 2012 Nief Norf Summer Festival at Furman University, performing in Salvador de Bahia in Brazil with the UTM Percussion Studio in 2011, and performing with the Gateway Indoor WGI ensemble in 2014. Josh’s former teachers include Mr. Dan McGuire, Mr. Jason Carpenter, Dr. Andy Bliss, and Amanda Peterson.
As a composer, Josh's music has been performed across the United States as well as in Thailand and Italy. He recently was named a composition fellow for the University of Nebraska's 2013 Chamber Music Institute. He has collaborated and been commissioned by numerous groups including the Mezcolanza Reed Quintet, the 4 Stix Clarinet Quarteta, the UTM Undersound Ensemble, the Peterson/Haynes Duo, the Arc Percussion Trio, and the UTM Skyhawk Marching Band.
Josh currently studies percussion with Dr. Julie Hill, and his professional affiliates include PAS, NAfME, SCI, and Phi Kappa Phi. Check out Josh's website at: http://joshspauldingmusic.weebly.com/
Rick Drewry, Senior
Rick Drewry is a Senior Music Education Major at the University at Martin. Rick has spent 11 years studying the art of percussion with wonderful educators, Tim Hale, Dr. Andy Smith, and Keith Dudek, and achieved much pre-collegiate success earning the title as the Principal Percussionist in TNMEA’s 2010 All State Wind Ensemble giving him an invitation to accept a First Assistant role in the All State Orchestra and was a percussion member in the 2008 TN Governors School for the Arts. Of course, he currently studies under the wonderful Dr. Julie Hill! Rick has chosen to chosen to specialize much of his performance venues in the marching percussion arts. He has spent three summers (2012 – 2014) performing with DCI's The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps as a member of the front ensemble – pioneering the world’s first marimba line on the field! Along with outdoor performances, Rick has had the opportunity to perform with this organization at the 2014 PASIC’s Featured Marching Clinic. He has also performed with WGI’s Music City Mystique’s 2014 front ensemble. At The University of Tennessee at Martin, Rick has performed every semester he was eligible to audition with the Wind Ensemble (consistently placing in the top five chairs), and 4 semesters with the steel band ensemble, "Jamaica Me Happy." Along with his performing, Rick also has industry experience, working at Innovative Percussion as a mallet/drum stick manufacturer. Other educators Rick is so proud to say that he has had significant instruction with is Julie Davila, Dr. Eric Willey, Mike McIntosh, Alan Miller, Dr. Brian Tinkle, Matt Jordan, Josh Nelson, Rob Pastor, Joe Roach, Meagan Hills, Angelo Outlaw, and Craig Loeffler. Rick is also very active on campus. He currently is employed in the Office of Student Life as a writer for The Hub (the campus’s weekly event newsletter) and has served three year in the Student Government Association - two years as Senator of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and one as President of the organization and the Student Body! During that time, Rick has served as the University of Tennessee at Martin's Chairman on Multicultural Affairs where he worked to strengthen ties with UTM’s “sister school” Hirosaki University. He is passionate in advocating multiculturalism and diversity for the University. Rick loves coffee and being around the best people he knows in the world.
Michael Kidd, Senior
Michael Kidd is a 5th year senior. He has participated in two semesters of wind ensemble. He has been to several educational conventions pertaining to his field, like P.A.S.I.C and T.M.E.A. He has also had the pleasure of teaching the Dyer County Front Ensemble and has been able to teach with and observe Justin Brown, the band director at Dyer County. Michael is looking forward to having his senior recital this fall and student teaching the next fall. Michael studies percussion with Dr. Julie Hill.
Jennifer Hotz, Senior
Jennifer is a Senior Music Education major with hours in pedagogy at the University of Tennessee at Martin. At UTM she has participated in Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Band, University Singers and Marching Band. Jennifer has attended conventions such as PASIC, TMEA, The Midwest Band and Orchestra Conference, NAFDA and masterclasses from artists such as: Ji Hye Jung, Nebojsa Zivkovic, B. Michael Williams, N. Scott Robinson, and Anders Astrand. She currently serves on the PAS University Committee, is on the Executive board for Sigma Alpha Iota, and is a member of the Rebana Duo. Her composition Traveling Distances was recently published by Honeyrock Publishing and her article Looking for the Perfect University Percussion Method Book? is set to be published in Percussive Notes in the spring or summer of 2015. Her teachers include: Dr. Julie Hill, Ben Wahlund, Dr. Greg Beyer, Maggie Bergren, Yuko Asada and Clarice Castilho.
Noah Friedman, Senior
Bedford County, Tennessee
Noah Friedman is a Senior member of the UT Martin’s Percussion Studio. He graduated from Community High School from Bedford County. His previous lesson teachers include: Julie Davila, Lalo Davila, David Walker, Matt Jordan, and Mark Wilson. Noah is currently a Teaching Assistant for both the SMB Front Ensemble and Percussion History class and also directs the Phi Mu Alpha Men Choir. Noah has auditioned successfully into the UT Martin Wind Ensemble for three years at UTM (having served as Principal in his first year). Noah is currently a member of the Syncron Percussion Duo with Josh Spaulding. He plans to continue his education and receive his Masters degree in Percussion Performance. Noah studies percussion with Dr. Julie Hill.
Katherine Felthauser, Senior
Katherine Felthauser is a fourth year student at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She is an instrumental music education major. Katherine graduated from Northwest High School in Clarksville, TN. She has had the honor to perform with Music City Mystique and Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps as a member of the front ensemble. This is Katherine's fourth year studying percussion with Dr. Julie Hill. Katherine is the current president of the Sigma Alpha Iota chapter at the university as well as the president of the UT Martin Percussion Society. She aspires to become an elementary general music teacher upon completion of her degree.
Tommy Sam, Junior
Tommy is a junior music education major at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He has participated in the university's marching band, wind ensemble, and percussion ensemble. He worked as a teaching assistant for the university's drum line in the Fall of 2013 and again in the Fall of 2014. Tommy works primarily with many high school bands throughout western Tennessee. He has performed with several independent organizations such as: Gateway Indoor, the Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. He also performed in a marching percussion clinic at PASIC with the Cavaliers, presented by Michael McIntosh. He spent the summer of 2014 working as the visual technician and bass drum technician for Music City Drum Corps. Tommy is very passionate about teaching and arranging for marching percussion. After graduating, he plans to teach, design, and arrange for his own high school percussion program and possibly work with other independent organizations. Tommy studies percussion with Dr. Julie Hill.
Justin Lee, Junior
Justin Lee is in his third year at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He graduated from Middle College at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. He also attended Northwest High School in Clarksville, TN.
He has had the opportunity to be a part of Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, and now continues to march with Music City Mystique and Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps since joining both ensembles in 2011 (currently performing as the front ensemble section leader for his third year in both). He serves as a technician, arranger, caption head, and sound engineer for indoor and outdoor percussion ensembles including Goodpasture Christian School, Clarksville High School, Clarksville Audio Theater, and Union City High School.
Outside of the marching activity, he has taught private lessons, performed at PASIC (as a soloist and in ensembles), composed and arranged numerous pieces for a variety of percussion instruments, and worked in commissioning new works for percussion. Influential figures in his education include Matt Jordan, Ji Hye Jung, Carlos Johnson, Meagan Hills, Dr. Eric Willie, Craig Loeffler, Dr. Andy Harnsberger, B. Michael Williams, Anders Åstrand, Bret Kuhn, Andrew Lynge, Erik Johnson, Blake Tyson, and more. He is currently studying with Dr. Hill and plans to expand his horizons as a percussionist, composer, musician, and educator.
Jerry Emmons, Junior
Jerry Emmons is a second year Music Performance major at UT Martin. Jerry attended high school at McNairy Central High School where his instructor was UTM Percussion Studio Alumnus, Daniel Vargason. Jerry has attended the UT Martin Honor Band and Honor Percussion Ensemble, the All-West TN Honor Band, and the All-State TN Honor Band multiple times throughout high school. He has performed with Gateway Indoor Percussion (a WGI world class group), has competed in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Modern Snare Drum Competition, and is a member of the Jamaica Me Happy Steel Band. Jerry is also a battery percussion tech and McNairy Central HS and Union City HS. When he's not drumming, Jerry enjoys the visual arts and golf (both by club and disc). Jerry studies percussion with Dr.Hill.
Della Coleman, Junior
Della Coleman is currently a junior at UT Martin studying Music Education with an emphasis on percussion. Della graduated from Northwest High School, located in Clarksville, Tennessee. She studied percussion with Carlos Johnson during her high school career. Della has attended master classes/ worked with Eric Willie, Andy Harnsberger, The Caixa Trio, B. Michael Williams, Ji Hye Jung and Chris Romanowski. She has attended clinics for Third Coast Percussion, Line Upon Line, Blake Tyson, and Adam Blackstock. She participated in the 2013 marching season of MCM. She has competed in the 2013 PASIC chamber group competition with UTM Percussion. Della is currently studying percussion with Dr.Julie Hill.
Brandon Blankenstein, Second Year
Brandon Blankenstein is second year student in the UT Martin Percussion studio and is pursuing a degree in Music Education. Brandon graduated from Science Hill High School, located in Johnson City, Tennessee and was under the direction of Mr. Dan McGuire and Dr. Carson Vermillion. In 2013, he had the honor of touring with Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. Upon graduating, Brandon plans to pursue a career as a performer, a conductor, and a music educator.
CJ Barrow, Second Year
White House, Tennessee
CJ Barrow is a second year Music Education major at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Before graduating from White House Heritage High School, he was involved in many different ensembles including three years in the All-Middle Tennessee Bands and Orchestras, as well as many other various Honor Ensembles, and one year with the Curb Youth Symphony in Nashville. Other interests include composing and arranging for various ensembles, scoring films, and learning other forms of technology in music. He has taught percussion for the past two years at Westview High School, and also arranged their most recent marching show. In addition, he also is a part of the recently formed trio, ARC Percussion, which just completed a week-long clinic tour around various high schools in West Tennessee. After previously studying with Michael Holland at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt, he now studies percussion with Dr. Julie Hill and plans to strengthen his abilities as an educator, composer, and musician.
Paul Zacarias, Second Year
Paul Zacarias is currently a second year student at UT Martin studying Percussion Performance. Paul graduated from La Vergne High School, located in La Vergne, Tennessee. He was involved in marching band, percussion ensemble, and concert band under the direction of Mr. Edward Freytag and Chris Crumley as well as an advanced choral ensemble and an all male vocal group under Mr. Gilbert Aldridge. He participated in the MTSU Wind Band Conference under the direction of Johan De Meij and is an active member of the UT Martin Wind Ensemble and UT Martin Percussion Ensemble. He also participated in the Austin Peay Marimba Choir under the direction of David Steinquest in 2011 and 2012. Paul is also a member of the ARC Percussion studio, which has performed in both Brazil and the United States. Paul studies percussion with Dr. Julie Hill.
Trice Mayhall, Second Year
Trice Mayhall is a second year Music Education major at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He graduated from Obion County Central High School. He was a member of the All-West Honor Band, UTM Honor Band, and the UTM Honor Percussion Ensemble. He also had the privilege to perform with the Music City Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011 and Gateway Indoor (a World Class Indoor Line) in 2014. He is a percussion tech at Obion County Central High School and Westview High School. He is a member of the UTM Drumline, Wind Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble. Trice studies percussion with Dr. Julie Hill.
Andie Fisher, Second Year
Andie Fisher is a second year Music Education major at UT Martin. Andie graduated from Franklin High School, where she was a member of the marching band, wind ensemble, and percussion ensemble under the direction of Mr. David Aydelott and Michael Holland. In high school, she also participated in the Cool Springs Youth Orchestra and Williamson County Honor Band. Andie performed with the 2014 Music City Drum and Bugle Corps as a member of the front ensemble. Andie studies percussion with Dr. Julie Hill.
Sam Webb, Second Year
Sam Webb is a second year student at UTM. He is working toward a degree in Philosophy with a minor in Percussion. He graduated from Dyersburg High School, where he participated in the DHS percussion ensemble, the DHS Golden Trojan Marching Band, and the DHS Concert Band all under the direction of Tim Graham. He also participated in the UTM Honor Band and the UTM Chamber Music Festival. Here at UTM, Sam has participated in the UTM Percussion Ensemble, the UTM Skyhawk Marching Band, and the UTM Community Band. Sam looks forward to improving his abilities and learning from Dr. Hill as well as his fellow percussionists here at UTM.
Jenna Kirby, First Year
Jenna Kirby is currently a first year student in the UT Martin Percussion studio and is pursuing a degree in Music Education. Jenna graduated from John Overton High School, located in Nashville, Tennessee and was under the direction of Mr. Benjamin Easley, Ms. Joanne Hood, Ms. Debbie Burton, Mr. Hunter Stricklin, Mr. Chris Murphree, and Ms. Laura Boucher. In high school, Jenna participated in the MTSBOA All Mid-State Honor Band from 2010 to 2014. She was accepted into the Governor's School for the Arts in 2012 and was under the instruction of Dr. Andy Smith. Jenna performed with the Curb Youth Symphony in 2013-2014 under the instruction of Dr. Carol Nies. In 2014, she had the honor of being selected as a member of the US Army All-American Marching Band, where she was instructed by Ian Hale and Dave Hall. Upon graduating, Jenna plans to pursue a career as a music educator and performer. Jenna now studies percussion with Dr. Julie Hill.
Stephen Downing, First Year
Stephen Downing is a first year student in the percussion studio pursuing a Music Performance major at UT Martin. Stephen attended Beech High School in Hendersonville, TN. While there, he was a member of the wind ensemble, marching band, and jazz band. He also formed a percussion ensemble consisting of high school students from his school and a nearby middle school. The ensemble performs works written by Stephen as well as percussion ensemble standards covering a range of genres. From 2010 through 2014, Stephen was a member of the Middle TN Honor Band. In 2014 he also performed with the Middle TN Honor Orchestra as well as the TMEA All-State Band, where he earned second chair. Stephen also enjoys composing/arranging music for a variety of ensembles. He plans to attend graduate school, and afterwards will pursue a career on Broadway. Stephen currently studies percussion with Dr. Julie Hill.
Cameron Westbrook, First Year
Cameron Westbrook is a first year student from Nashville, TN. He is a dual major in Music Performance and Mechanical Engineering. He graduated from John Overton High school where he participated in marching, jazz, and wind ensembles under the direction of Debbie Burton, and Benjamin Easley. He was also member of the Overton percussion and world percussion ensembles directed by Jason Walsh. He has earned 11 Solo and Ensemble superior ratings and has also performed in All-Middle Tennessee Bands and Orchestras, MTSU Wind Band Conferences, Tennessee Tech Honor Band, Metro Indoor Percussion, and the UT Martin Honor Percussion Ensemble. Cameron is a Science Olympiad State Gold Medalist and plans to Eventually become an Aerospace Engineering. Cameron studies percussion with Dr. Julie Hill.
Joey Cochran, First Year
Union City, Tennessee
Joey Cochran s a first year music education major from Obion County Central High School, where he was a member of the marching band, concert band, jazz band, percussion ensemble, and a capella groups under the direction of Ed Pledge, Jon Kerr, and Jonathan Byrd. During his high school, he volunteered both at his local library and theater. Joey currently studies percussion with Dr. Julie Hill.
Jared Goude, First Year
White House, Tennessee
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Courtney Mayatte, First Year
Courtney Mayatte is a first year, Special Education major with a minor in Music. Courtney graduated high school from McNairy Central. During high school she participated in marching band, concert band, jazz band, and McNairy Indoor Percussion. Also, she participated in the UTM Honor Band for three years and the UTM Honor Percussion Ensemble for one year. Her previous instructors were Kerry Durso and Micaiah Radcliffe both UTM Alumni. Here at Martin Courtney participates in the percussion ensemble and the marching band.
Logan Bates, First Year
Logan Bates is a first year Music Minor at UT Martin. Logan graduated from Gibson County High School, where he was a member of the marching band, concert band, jazz band, and percussion ensemble under the direction of Mr. Jeremy Tate. In high school, he also participated in UT Martin Honor Band, Memphis Honor Band, and Murray Honor Band. Logan Bates currently studies percussion with Dr. Julie Hill.
Will Kwasigroh, Senior
Will Kwasigroh is in his fourth year at UT Martin. He is a Music Education with an emphasis in percussion. He was section leader of the Dyer County High School percussion section his junior and senior years. He was a member of the Dyersburg Community Orchestra throughout his high school career. Will earned a position in the All West TN Honor Band his senior year of high school. Will traveled with the UTM Percussion Studio in the summer of 2011 to Brazil where he took lessons in Brazilian Percussion, performed a concert with the Universidade Federal da Bahia Percussion Ensemble, and also took lesson in the national fighting/dance style known as capoeira. Will also traveled to New Zealand with the UT Martin Alumni Choir in the summer of 2013, and performed in churches on the South Island. He is currently staff member at South Gibson County High School, where he teaches drumline during marching season and private lessons all year long. His main goal is to become a known percussionist/drummer in the Nashville area. He studies percussion with Dr. Julie Hill.
James Fout, Senior
James Fout is majoring in Performance-Instrumental Pedagogy with an emphasis in percussion. He aspires to be a performing musician as well as a private instructor. James graduated from Germantown High School. During his senior year, he represented Germantown in the 2006 Tennessee All State Orchestra, where he placed first chair. James has previously attended the University of North Texas and the University of Memphis. He has had many excellent teachers including Robert Kessling, Mike Karcz, Dr. Frank Schaffer, Stan Head, and Brandon Kelly. He has performed in the UNT Percussion Ensemble directed by Christopher Deane. He has also performed in concert with Ney Rosauro, as a member of the UofM Percussion Ensemble, and with Dr. Andy Harnsberger, alongside two other UT-Martin percussionists. James has attended masterclasses instructed by Anders Astrand, Keiko Abe, She-e Wu, Nebojsa Zivkovic, Douglass Howard, Garwood Whaley, Jose’ Aponte, Ney Rosauro, Thomas Burritt, and others. He has taught at Peabody High School in Trenton, Tn for two summers. He is currently studying percussion with Dr. Julie Hill.
The University of Tennessee at Martin Percussion Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Julie Hill. The ensemble is diverse in scope, specializing in contemporary and world percussion music of all types.
The University of Tennessee at Martin percussion ensemble has performed internationally at the PercuSonidos International Percussion Festival in Tampico, Mexico, the Universidad Federal (UFBA) in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and regionally on numerous occasions at the Tennessee Music Educators Conference.
In addition, the ensemble provides West and Middle Tennessee communities with a number of educational clinic and concert opportunities including the Roots of Rhythm Presentations. The mission of the UTM Percussion ensemble is to promote diversity and tolerance of cultural differences through music.
The UT Martin Percussion Society is very active in promoting new works for percussion and have been involved in a number of commissions and consortiums with composers such as Cayenna Ponchione, Ivan Trevino, John Psathas, Halim El-Dahb, James Campbell, Gary Gibson, Mark Zanter, and more.
The UTM Percussion Ensemble has collaborated with world renown artists such as Nebojsa Zivkovic, Ji Hye Jung, Third Coast Percussion, Ivan Trevino, B. Michael Williams, N. Scott RobinsonThomas Burritt, Bret Kuhn, Keith Aleo, Zoro, Anders Astrand, Michael Gould, James Campbell, Miles Osland, Steve Houghton, Paul Renick, Ney Rosauro, the Caixa Trio, James Ross, Brian Mason, John Parks, Michael McIntosh, Glen Caruba, and Matt Savage.
The UTM Percussion ensemble was founded in the fall of 1969 and experienced 36 years of growth and excellence under the direction of Professor Nancy Mathesen. Dr. Julie Hill came to UTM in the fall of 2005 after Prof. Mathesen's retirement. Dr. Hill strives to teach contemporary and world percussion styles through the diverse literature performed by the percussion ensemble.
UTM graduates have secured successful teaching careers in public schools and at colleges such as the University of Tennessee at Martin, University of Louisville, and San Jose State University. Recent graduates have pursued their Master Of Music degrees in Percussion Performance, Music Education, Musicology, and Music Therapy and have received Graduate Teaching Assistantships to universities such as the University of Kansas, University of Kentucky, University of Wisconsin (Madison), Appalachia State University, and Central Arkansas University. Our graduates are music professors, professional performers, composers, percussion specialists, band directors, road managers, sound technicians, principals, general music teachers, research assistants, and entrepreneurs. Another graduate is serving his second term as Mayor of Trenton, TN.