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UT Martin 'Roots of Rhythm' tour visits area schools


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut

MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin Percussion Ensemble’s fall 2016 Roots of Rhythm Tour, Sept. 19-20, included five performances for more than 1,700 students and community members in western Kentucky and Tennessee. The program combines history, geography and music to illustrate the transformation of musical styles around the world. This year's tour stops included Southwest Calloway Elementary and East Calloway Elementary, both in Kentucky; and Dyersburg State Community College, Halls Elementary and Trimble Elementary in Tennessee. The ensemble is directed by Drs. Julie Hill and Josh Smith, faculty members in the UT Martin Department of Music. Program supporters include the Tennessee Arts Commission, the UT Martin College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and corporate sponsors Remo, Yamaha, Innovative Percussion, Zildjian and Amro Music. For more information on the tour or to book an appearance, contact Hill at 731-881-7418 or email


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