Alumni Reunion

Alumni Reunion

Alumni Reunion

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Plan Your Visit

Discovery Park of America

830 Everett Boulevard Union City, Tennessee 38261

Historic Ann’s 1893

603 East Main Street, Union City, TN 38261


Union City

Gloria’s On Exchange - 622 Exchange Street Union City, Tennessee

Quality Inn - 2201 W Reelfoot Ave, Union City, TN 38261

Country Hearth Inn & Suites - 2009 W Reelfoot Ave, Union City, TN 38261

Magnum Inn - 1400 Vaden St, Union City, TN 38261

Hospitality House - 1221 W Reelfoot Ave, Union City, TN 38261


Econo Lodge - 853 University St, Martin, TN 38237

Days Inn - 800 University St, Martin, TN 38237

Hampton Inn - 5575 Skyhawk Pkwy, Martin, TN 38237

Pecan grove B&B - 520 N College St, Martin, TN 38237

Len Haven Motel - 551 Elm St, Martin, TN 38237

Eagle Inn - 500 N Lindell St, Martin, TN 38237


Budget Inn - 8563 TN-22, Dresden, TN

Fulton, KY

The Meadows Hotel - 101 Commercial Ave, Fulton, KY 42041

Kingsway Motel - 806 W Highland Dr, Fulton, KY 42041

South Fulton

Travelers Inn - 612 Broadway St, South Fulton, TN 38257

Fulton Plaza Motor Inn - 1019 W State Line St, South Fulton, TN 38257


Union City

Moustos Pasta & Grill - 1700 W Reelfoot Ave, Union City, TN 38261

Scott’s Grill - 516 S 1st St, Union City, TN 38261

Sassafraz - 2205 W Reelfoot Ave, Union City, TN 38261

Old West Steakhouse - 1105 W Reelfoot Ave, Union City, TN 38261

Los Portales - 1720 W Reelfoot Ave, Union City, TN 38261

Snappy Tomato Pizza - 705 E Reelfoot Ave, Union City, TN 38261

Don Sol - 701 E Reelfoot Ave, Union City, TN 38261

Hops & Barley - 615 E Reelfoot Ave, Union City, TN 38261

Tierra Caliente - 1111 S 1st St, Union City, TN 38261

Sammies - 1401 W Reelfoot Ave #104, Union City, TN 38261

Oya House Buffet & Hibachi Grill - 1700 W Reelfoot Ave, Union City, TN 38261

Patio Grill - 1421 W Reelfoot Ave, Union City, TN 38261

PV’s Hut - 209 E Florida Ave, Union City, TN 38261

Corner Bar-B-Q - 1425 E Reelfoot Ave, Union City, TN 38261

Yamato Japanese Steakhouse - 1210 W Reelfoot Ave, Union City, TN 38261

Charlie T’s Cafe - 204 N 1st St # 1, Union City, TN 38261

Bad Bob’s BBQ - 616 E Reelfoot Ave, Union City, TN 38261

Applebee’s - 1101 W Reelfoot Ave, Union City, TN 38261

Sadler’s Classic Bar & Grill - 1529 Nailling Dr, Union City, TN 38261

Ryan’s - W1225 E Reelfoot Ave, Union City, TN 38261

Penny Hill Shoppe - 131 E Jackson St, Union City, TN 38261

Clucker’s Tennessee Fried Chicken - 710 S 1st St, Union City, TN 38261

Poyboy’s Barbecue - 102 Nash St, Union City, TN 38261

731 Sweets & Eats - 432 W Reelfoot Ave, Union City, TN 38261

La Korita - 1111 S 1st St, Union City, TN 38261

Snack Shop - 1215 E Main St, Union City, TN 38261

Bottoms Up Bar & Grill - 112 S 1st St, Union City, TN 38261

Higher Ground Coffee Company - 320 W Reelfoot Ave, Union City, TN 38261


The Grind - 112 Lovelace Ave, Martin, TN 38237

The Hearth - 613 N Lindell St, Martin, TN 38237

Sammies - 117 Lovelace Ave, Martin, TN 38237

La Canasta - 113 St Charles St, Martin, TN 38237

Hunan Palace - 115 Lovelace Ave, Martin, TN 38237

La Cabana - 2440, 305 S Lindell St, Martin, TN 38237

K&N Drive In - 241 N Lindell St, Martin, TN 38237

Dragon Buffet - 165 University Plaza Dr, Martin, TN 38237

Opera House Restaurant - 142 S Lindell St, Martin, TN 38237

Los Portales - 806 University St, Martin, TN 38237

Fresh Start - 935 Main St, Martin, TN 38237

Bartolas Bar & Grill - 208 Lovelace Ave, Martin, TN 38237

Huddle House - 201 Hawks Rd, Martin, TN 38237

Martin Coffeehouse - 407 S Lindell St, Martin, TN 38237


2019 Award Winners

Lifetime Achievement in Music Education

Harley Patterson

Harley Patterson, Class of 1975

Harley Patterson was born into a musical family and at an early age, sang gospel music with his family every Sunday morning on Camden, Tennessee WFWL Radio. In high school, he was in Tennessee All-State all four years. Patterson attended Bethel College on a music scholarship before being called into the U.S. Army. While serving in the military, he attended the Armed Forces School of Music in Little Creek, VA and was later stationed in Korea where he was a member and conductor of the Eighth Army Chorus.


Patterson graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1975. While at UTM, he was student director under the late John Mathesen. Mr. Patterson has held band and choral teaching positions at Dyersburg High School, Brighton High School, and Ripley Middle and High Schools. The Ripley High School Band was awarded many honors including finalists in Marching Bands of America National, Mid-South Marching Band Grand Champion, Contest of Champions, and Tennessee 4A State H.S. Marching Band Champions. The bands also received superior ratings in Concert Festivals. Mr. Patterson went on to create a choral program at Ripley High School, which started with 12 students and grew to 150. The choirs under his direction consistently received superior ratings in West Tennessee, St. Louis, and in the National Invitational in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center, as well as awards such as best in Class and Best Overall at Mid America Choir Festival in St. Louis, MO. Mr. Pattesron has also served as the Tennessee All-State Men’s chairman for several years.


Mr. Patterson has been selected three times as Teacher of the Year in Lauderdale County and has also served as guest conductor and adjudicator throughout this area. Mr. Patterson just retired as Music Director from First United Methodist Church in Ripley, after serving for 36 years.


Lifetime Legacy Award

Rita Winter, Class of 1998

Rita Winter received a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance in 1998 and was a student of Marilyn Jewett and Christina Powers. In 1993, She received Level 3 Orff Schulwerk Certification at the University of Memphis and taught Orff in her home studio for 16 years. Mrs. Warner has also served as her church choir director and Music Director for the Masquerade Children’s Summer Theatre in Union City.


She was a charter member of both the UTM Opera Theatre group and has performed with both the UTM Vanguard Theatre and as a soloist with the UTM Choral Society. Mrs. Warner has appeared as a guest artist at UTM, University of Memphis, Rhodes College of Memphis, and Christian Brothers of Memphis. She is currently the owner of The Music Place, a private music studio where she now teaches voice and piano lesson.


Arts Advocacy Award

Mike Holden

Mike Holden, Class of 1976

Robert Michael “Mike” Holden is a native of Paris TN and a graduate of Henry County HIgh School and the Henry County High School Band as first chair trumpet and the John Philip Sousa Band Award Winner. During his time at UTM, Mr. Holden majored in Music Education and participated in University Ensembles and Phi Mu Alpha. Mr. Holden has held teaching positions in Paris County, Hollow Rock-Bruceton High School, and Henry County, where he served as head director for nine years.


Despite his career change to insurance sales in 1988, Mr. Holden has been a prominent arts advocate in his community. He teaches private trumpet lessons, has served as a middle school band clinician, and continues to coordinate and arrange music for many community groups and local events including his church chorus and handbell choir, the World’s Biggest Fish Fry Parade, and the Paris Henry County Arts Council.


In 2017, Mr. Holden founded the Paris Henry County Chamber Music Society, a non-profit organization created to promote the love of music in the Henry County area and gives opportunities for musicians to play their instrument, give concerts, and enhance the arts in the local community. Mr. Holden serves as the director of PHCCMS, which includes the Paris Henry County Community Band, the Paris Brass Quintet, and the Paris Flutes.


Professional Service Award

James Henning, Class of 1987

James Henning, Class of 1987

James D. Henning is a 31 year veteran in the field of music education. He is currently the assistant director of Bands at North Side High School in Jackson, Tennessee where he teaches 9th Grade Band, General Music, and the Jazz Ensemble. He is also an adjunct professor at Lane College teaching applied music. Prior to his assignment at North Side, James began his career at Halls Jr./Sr. High School as assistant band director. James served as head director at North Parkway Middle School and Jackson Central Merry high School.


During his career, Mr. Henning’s bands have received numerous awards in both marching and concert. He has had numerous students to participate in regional bands and festivals. His bands have also performed in Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA, Chicago, Ill, New York City, and Orlando, Fla. James has also had numerous students to continue their music careers at the college and professional levels. He also has mentored young directors over his career.


Mr. Henning earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from U T Martin and Master’s Degree in Education from Union University. He has served as rehearsal chair of the WTSBOA Honor Band Clinic for four years. He has hosted WTSBOA All West auditions in addition to Solo & Ensemble. He has served as audition adjudicator for the Tennessee Governor's School. James has served on the Tennessee All State committee. He has also served as a General Music consultant for the Ed Line Education for the Jackson-Madison County Schools.


Mr. Henning is a trombonist with the Jackson Swing Orchestra and plays professionally around the West Tennessee area, He is a member of the following organizations WTSBOA, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the National Association for Music Education, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He has served as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the region.


Karen Henning, Class of 1983

Karen Henning, Class of 1983

Karen Henning is currently an associate professor of music at Lane College where she teaches Woodwind Ensemble, Music Appreciation, applied music and instrumental music education classes. Karen retired from public school at the end of the school year in 2015 following thirty years serving in instrumental music education. She began her career as an interim band director in Haywood County. In 1985, she became the assistant director of bands at Jackson Central Merry High School. During her tenure, the bands under her direction consistently earned superior ratings and numerous awards at local and national concert festivals and marching competitions. In 2003, Karen became the band director at the newly opened Liberty Technology Magnet High School where she spent the last twelve years of career teaching band and music theory. While at Liberty, her band students also consistently earned superior ratings at concert and marching festivals. The band students performed in Chicago, Washington DC, New York, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Hawaii. In 2015, the band represented Tennessee in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC. Also during her tenure, the Liberty Woodwind Ensemble performed at the National Association of Music Educator’s Conference in Nashville, TN.


Karen is a recipient of the WTSBOA Lifetime Achievement Award which recognizes these outstanding individuals for their lifetime of dedication to students and promotion of music education throughout West Tennessee. She is also the recipient of Amro’s “Music Educators Walk of Fame”. This award recognizes music educators who have had a powerful and exemplary impact on Mid-South music students. Karen has been a clinician and adjudicator throughout the mid-south.


Karen holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Lambuth College and a Master of Music in Music Education from Austin Peay State University. Karen is a member of American School Band Director Association, Phi Beta Mu Music Fraternity, NfAME, TMEA, and WTSBOA were she served as president for two terms.


Young Alumni Award

JJ Norman

JJ Norman, Class of 2015

JJ Norman has served as Professional Development and Collegiate Program Manager for the National Association for Music Education since 2015. Through his work he has offered sessions at various state and national music education conferences across the country as well as returning to his Alma Mater to speak as a contributor to the #MusicEdLove Lecture Series and Podcast. Prior to joining the association, he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee at Martin where he majored in K–12, Vocal-General Music Education and was awarded the 2015 Carl Seale Student Teaching Award for outstanding performance and promise as a leader in the teaching profession. Norman is scheduled to graduate from The George Washington University with a master’s degree in human development and education in May of 2019. A middle Tennessee native, JJ now lives in Alexandria, Virginia, where he sits on the board of the Alexandria Choral Society.