WJ Julian, one of the most innovative leaders of the UT Pride of the Southland Band, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon surrounded by his family. He was 92. Julian led the band for more than thirty years. He was dedicated to a standard of excellence that became a trademark of the band during numerous presidential inaugurations and bowl game appearances. The band’s performance has become legendary in Knoxville and throughout the world of college football.
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The Natalie L. Haslam Music Center is officially one of UT’s greenest buildings. The building recently became LEED certified—at the silver level—by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Building Institute.
Jeff Pappas, director of the School of Music, has been elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Schools of Music.
The university presented Knoxville native and entertainer Mary Costa with an honorary doctorate Monday at a special event held in her honor.
Today Natalie L. Haslam, a philanthropist and ardent UT supporter, helped dedicate the new music building named in her honor—a state-of-the art addition to the campus that will showcase UT’s talented musicians and world-class faculty. Haslam and her husband, Jim Haslam, joined Governor Bill Haslam, UT Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek, UT President Joe DiPietro, US Senator Lamar Alexander, other state and local officials, and alumni to celebrate the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, the new home of the UT School of Music.
The new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center is a physical expression of the musical art form. Acoustical wall panels and retractable curtains allow the recital hall and rehearsal rooms to be tuned to reverberate or absorb sound to meet the needs of various performances. Performance studios and academic offices are soundproof. Even the building’s very façade is musical.
A renowned journalist and an opera singer known as the voice of Sleeping Beauty will receive honorary degrees in May. The Board of Trustees today approved the degrees for Tennessee natives John Seigenthaler and Mary Costa. Seigenthaler will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree and speak at the College of Law commencement on May 10. Costa will speak and receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane and Musical Letters at the College of Arts and Science commencement on May 10.