School of Music News

In Memoriam: Kelly Thomas

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Kelly Thomas, a tuba professor in the School of Music, passed away unexpectedly Sunday night. Visitation will be held 5:00-7:30 p.m. this Friday with the funeral immediately following at Clearwater Baptist Church, 964 County Road 180 in Athens, Tennessee. The burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the church. Thomas was appointed tuba/euphonium instructor at UT in 2014.

UT Legendary Marching Band Director WJ Julian Passes Away

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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 ninety-two. 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.

Tuba Beginning To Win Fight For Respect

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WUOT 91.9 fm has featured UT’s Southeast Regional Tuba and Euphonium conference in this story. The event, which is being held this weekend, has brought hundreds of tuba and euphonium players and aficionados to Knoxville. WUOT also interviewed Kelly Thomas, UT professor of tuba and euphonium, about the respect and admiration the tuba commands.

Music Building Receives LEED Certification

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.

WBIR Features UT’s Ethnomusicology Conference

WBIR Channel 10 recently interviewed Leslie Gay, music associate professor, about UT’s ethnomusicology conference that took place this weekend. The station also featured the performance of American Songster Dom Flemons that was part of conference. Watch the story here.

UT to Host Second Annual Jazz Festival Concert March 7

The second annual Jazz Festival Concert on Saturday, March 7, will feature the UT Big Band with guest musician Dick Oatts. It is free and open to the public and will be held in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center.