Professor of Music

February 2006

Department of Music
Appointed August 1992
Rank at Appointment: Instructor


PhD, musicology, Louisiana State University, 1993. Minors in music theory and English
MM, saxophone performance, University of Alabama, 1985.
BM, saxophone performance, Auburn University, 1983.

 PhD Dissertation:  “The Tio Family: Four Generations of New Orleans Musicians,


•8/1992--present: Longwood University, Professor of Music (rank: 2004).
     Principal duties include directing two jazz ensembles, teaching sophomore music history
     survey, applied saxophone, and applied clarinet.  Have also taught first year sightsinging
     and ear training, form and analysis, 20th-century music, music appreciation, popular
     music survey, jazz improvisation, woodwind methods class; directed LU Pep Band.
•1991-1992: Louisiana State University, Instructor of Music History, part time.
     Designed and taught sophomore music history survey.
•1986-1990: Louisiana State University, Teaching Assistant in Musicology and Jazz Studies.
     Assisted (including classroom teaching) in areas of graduate music history survey,
     undergraduate jazz history; designed and taught Jazz Improvisation; directed Jazz Lab
•1985-1986: University of Alabama, Instructor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies, part time.
     Taught applied saxophone, designed and taught Jazz Improvisation I and II, directed Jazz
     Ensemble B, assisted Director of Jazz Studies.
•1983-1985: University of Alabama, Teaching Assistant in Music Theory and Saxophone.
     Assisted (including classroom teaching) in areas of first year music theory, second year
     music theory; designed and taught courses in second year ear training, woodwind
     methods, applied saxophone.


“Just a Little While to Stay Here: Louis Armstrong and the Brass Bands of New Orleans,”
        American Research Center Journal 12 (2002): 11-23.
“Transcriptions: Wardell Gray’s Solo on ‘Twisted’ (Master and Alternates Takes),” Jazz
         Research News 6 (March 2002): 303-10.
“Music,” entry in Encyclopedia of the American Civil War: A Social, Political, and Military
         History.  5 vols.  Edited by David and Jeanne Heidler.  Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO,
         2000.  Other entries: “Sailor’s Creek,” “Farmville/High Bridge,” “Amelia
“Annotated Index,” in Louis Armstrong: In His Own Words.  Edited by Thomas Brothers.  New
         York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
“Tio, Lorenzo, Jr.” biographical essay in American National Biography in 20 vols.  New York:
         Oxford University Press, 1999.
“Allman Brothers,” “Roy Clark,” and “Little Feat;” entries in Popular Musicians in 4 vols.
         Edited by Steve Hochman.  Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 1999.
“Music: United States,” entry in The United States and Mexico at War: Nineteenth-Century
         Expansionism and Conflict.  Edited by Donald S. Frazier.  New York: Macmillan
         Reference USA, 1998.
“Piron, Armand John,” biographical/analytical essay in the International Dictionary of Black
         Composers  in 2 vols.  Edited by Samuel A. Floyd, Jr.  Chicago: Center for Black Music  Research, 1999.
“The Tios of New Orleans and Their Pedagogical Influence on the Early Jazz Clarinet Style,”
         Black Music Research Journal 16/1 (1996), 279-302.
“The Excelsior Brass Band of New Orleans, 1879-89: A Decade in the Development of a
         Vernacular Archetype.” The Journal of Band Research 29/1 (1993): 14-24.
“The Band of Music of the First Battalion of Free Men of Color and the Siege of New
         Orleans,1814-1815.” American Music 10/3 (1992): 348-69.
“The Tio Family and its Role in the Creole-of-Color Musical Traditions of New Orleans.”  The
         Second Line 43/3 (1991): 18-27.
“The Astral Perspective: A Conversation with Tony Dagradi.”  Jazz Society  2 (June 1990): 6-7.
“For the Record: Alvin Batiste.”  Jazz Society 2 (February 1990): 5-7.  Interview.
“Region 6 Meeting At University of Alabama.”  Saxophone Symposium 10 (Winter 1985): 6-7.

•Program Notes:

            Hampden-Sydney Chamber Music Festival, 1997.
            Longwood College Chamber Music series, 1992-96.
            LSU Symphony, 1989-90.
            Baton Rouge Chamber Music Society, 1987-88.
            LSU Collegium Musicum, 1986-87.

Papers Presented

"Taming the Savage Beast: Top Ten Tips for a Civilized Saxophone Section."  Annual Conference
         of the Virginia Music Educators' Association, Norfolk, VA, 18 November 2004.
“All Together Now: Teaching Beginning Improvisation in the Jazz Ensemble Rehearsal.”
         Annual Conference of the Virginia Music Educators’ Association, Norfolk, VA, 20
         November 2003.
“Just a Little While to Stay Here: Louis Armstrong and the Brass Bands of New Orleans.”
        Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society, Atlanta, GA, 15 November
         2001.  A longer version of this paper was presented by invitation at the Research
         Symposium of the Carolina Jazz Festival of the University of North Carolina-Chapel
         Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 2 March 2001.
“Composition, Scoring, and Improvisation in the Recordings of A.J. Piron’s New Orleans
         Orchestra.”  Symposium Honoring Professor Wallace McKenzie, Louisiana State
         University, Baton Rouge, LA, 26 April 1997.
“Lou’siana Swing: Armand J. Piron and his New Orleans Orchestra.”  Crossroads: Intersections
         in American Vernacular Music; conference at the Center for Popular Music, Middle
         Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, 18 April 1996.  A longer version of this
         paper was presented by invitation in Lectures in Music Theory and History series,
         University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 22 March 1996.
“The Band of the First Virginia Infantry, 1861-62.”  21st National Conference, Sonneck Society
         for American Music, Madison, WI, 7 April 1995.
“Lorenzo Tio, Jr., and his Pedagogical Influence on the Development of the Early Jazz Clarinet
         Style.”  Meeting of the Southeast Chapter, American Musicological Society, Durham,
         NC, 12 February 1994.
“The Excelsior Brass Band of New Orleans, 1879-1890.”  18th National Conference, Sonneck
         Society for American Music, Baton Rouge, LA, 13 February 1992.
“Marcos Tio and his Creole-of-Color Descendants: Early History of a Musical New Orleans
         Family.”  Meeting of the Louisiana Historical Society, New Orleans, LA, 9 October
“Improvisations on Sunday by Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins: A Study in Stylistic
         Contrast.”  Meeting of the Southern Chapter, American Musicological Society,
         Tuscaloosa, AL, February 1989.  Also presented by invitation at Auburn University,
         April 1989.
“Developing Performance Skills for Contemporary Music: Practice and Rehearsal Techniques as
         Applied to Lennon’s Distances Within Me.”  Region 6 Conference of the North American
         Saxophone Alliance, Baton Rouge, LA, February 1986.


 "Mozart and the Imperial Court."  Longwood University Mozart 250 Celebration, 4 February
 "The Vivaldi Gloria." Farmville United Methodist Church, 18 April 2005.
“From the Place Congo to the Jazz and Heritage Festival:  Two Hundred Years of Black
          Music in New Orleans.”  Longwood College Faculty Lecture, 10 September 1992.
 “In A Mello Tone: The Music of Duke Ellington.”  Longwood College Black History
          Month Faculty Lecture, 22 February 1993.
 “Miles Davis, Kind of Blue, and the Compositional Structure of Jazz in the Late 1950s.”
           Longwood College Black History Month Faculty Lecture, 24 February 1994.


Who’s Who in America: Marquis Publishing: 2004, 2005.
Longwood Center for the Visual Arts Community Acievement in the Arts Award, 2001.
Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers: 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004.
Longwood College Junior Faculty Award for Professional Excellence, 1995.
Louisiana Association of Jazz Educators Intercollegiate Honors Jazz Ensemble: Soloist, 1990.
Alabama Music Educators Association College Solo Contest: Winner, Orchestral Instruments,
          Graduate Division, 1985.
Pi Kappa Lambda, music honorary, University of Alabama, 1985.
National Association of Jazz Educators: Outstanding Soloist, Memphis State University Jazz
          Festival, 1984.
Phi Kappa Phi, Auburn University, 1983.
Pi Tau Sigma, mechanical engineering honorary, Auburn University, 1981.
Phi Eta Sigma, freshman honorary, Auburn University, 1979.


American Musicological Society: member since 1988.
The Society for American Music, member since 1989.
Music Educators National Conference, member since 1992.
The Virginia Historical Society, member since 1993.
The New Orleans Jazz Club, member since 1990.
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Mu Delta Chapter, LU, honorary member since 1993.
Phi Kappa Tau, men’s social fraternity, Gamma Epsilon Chapter, LU, advisor since 1998.

Professional Responsibilities

LU Department of Music: Chamber Music Series committee, chair, 1992-present
   Applied Music committee, 1998-present
   Faculty Search committees, 1998 (chair), 2002 (chair).
   Promotion and Tenure Committee, 2004-2005; chair, 2005-2006

Longwood University: Faculty Senate Representative, 1998-2004
   Faculty Status Committee, 2003-2005
   Educational Policy Committee, 2002-2003
   Tenure and Promotions Policy Committee, chair,  2001-2002
   Faculty Status Committee, 1999-2002
   Admissions committee, 1993-1999, 2003-2004
   Minority and Gender Issues Steering Committee, 1994
   Visual Arts Center Committee, Faculty Liaison, 1993-1995
    Transportation Committee, 2003-2004

American Musicological Society: Student Representative (Southern Chapter) to the National
    AMS Council, 1989.


Saxophone:  Study with Laurence Morgan, Auburn University, 1978-83 (Recitals, April 1982
     and May 1983); William Dole, University of Alabama, 1983-85 (Recital, May 1985);
     Griffin Campbell, Louisiana State University, 1988; Tony Dagradi, New Orleans, 1990.
Flute:  Study with Sheryl Cohen, University of Alabama, 1983-85.
Clarinet and Oboe:  Study with Laurence Morgan, Auburn University, 1979-80.


 Faculty Composition Recital, Music of Gordon Ring, 1 November 2003; World Premiere of
        The Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano by Gordon Ring.
 Faculty Saxophone Recital, Longwood University, 22 October 2002.
 Recital, Robeson County Fine Arts Series, Lumberton, NC, 19 February 2000.
 Faculty Saxophone Recital, Longwood College, 11 February 2000.
 Jazz Quartet Performance, Music of Women Composers Concert, Longwood College, 5
      March 1996.
 Jazz Quartet Recital, McCallum-More Gardens and Museum, Chase City, VA, 7 May
 Jazz Quartet Recital. Longwood College, 13 October 1994.
 Faculty Saxophone Recital, Longwood College, 14 October 1993.
 Recital, Halifax Fine Arts Series, South Boston, VA, 10 October 1993.
 Faculty Saxophone Recital, Longwood College, 15 October 1992.

•Appearances as Guest Soloist:

 Heritage High School Symphonic and Jazz Bands, 26 may 2005.
 Lloyd C. Bird Skyhawk Band, Landmark Theatre, Richmond, VA, 23 May 2003.
 University of Richmond Wind Ensemble, Farmville, VA, 29 October 2002.
 Manchester HS Wind Ensemble, Midlothian, VA, 31 May 2002.
 Longwood Honors Concert Band, Farmville, VA,  25 January, 2002.
 Lloyd C. Bird Skyhawk Band, Chesterfield, VA, 11 May 2001.
 Longwood College Concert Band, South Hill, VA, 6 November 2001.
 Atlee HS Jazz Ensemble, Mechanicsville, VA, 2 June 2000.
 Richmond Pops Concert Band, Jefferson Hotel, Richmond, VA, 20 April 2000.
 Richmond Pops Concert Band, Midlothian, VA, 22 June 1999.
 Goochland County High School Symphonic Band, Goochland, VA, 25 May 1999.
 Lloyd C. Bird High Skyhawk Band, Chesterfield, VA  14 May 1999.
 Girls State Concert Band, 18 June 1998.
 Thomas Dale HS Concert Band, Chester, VA, 20 May 1998.
 Amelia County High School Band, Amelia, VA, 17 December 1997.
 Fuqua School Senior Band, Farmville, VA  22 May 1997.
 Thomas Dale HS Jazz Ensemble, 16 January 1997.
 Buckingham County HS Band, Buckingham Courthouse, VA, 19 December 1995.
 Lee-Davis HS Jazz Ensemble, Mechanicsville, VA  20 December 1994.
 Arcadia HS Band, Accomac, VA, 8 December 1994.
 Longwood College Piano Monster Concert, 5 March 1994.
 Lee-Davis HS Jazz Ensemble, Mechanicsville, VA, 16 December 1993.
 Robert E. Lee HS Jazz Ensemble, Staunton, VA  17 November 1993.
 LC Jazz Ensemble, recruiting tour to Chesterfield, Charlottesville, and Staunton, VA,
      8-11 January 1993.
 LC Honors Concert Band, Longwood College, 5 January 1993.
 LC Gospel Choir, Longwood College, 14 November 1992.
 LC Jazz Ensemble, Longwood College, 12 November 1992.
 LSU Jazz Ensemble, Baton Rouge, LA, 18 November 1991.

•Other solo performances:

 Student Composers Recital, 20 April 1999.
 Music of Johannes Brahms, Longwood College, 30 September 1997.
 Music of Women Composers Concert, Longwood College, 23 March 1997.
 Concert of American Music, Longwood College, 3 November 1996.
 Longwood College Contemporary Music Festival, 30 March 1995.
 Workshop presentation/performances, Prince Edward County High School, May 1995,
      1996, 1997, 1999.
 Longwood College Contemporary Music Festival, 7 April 1994.
 Music of Women Composers Concert, Longwood College, 1 March 1994.
 Music of Women Composers Concert, Longwood College, 21 March 1993.

•Commercial Music:  Free-lance woodwinds since 1978.  Have performed in a variety of bands and orchestras for dance and concert engagements.  Following are highlights of this activity:

  2005: Roanoke Jazz Orchestra, big band jazz.
  2003-2005: Bob LeFever Orchestra, Roakoke, VA, big band dance music.
  2003 - present: Southside Allstars Second Line parade band, outdoor dixieland jazz.
 1993-present:  Southside Jazz Quartet, Farmville, VA, mainstream jazz.
  2001:  Patti Finn Quintet, Lynchburg, VA, mainstream jazz.
 1989-1992:  Out of Nowhere trio, Baton Rouge, LA, mainstream jazz.
  John Smart Quartet, Baton Rouge, LA, experimental music.
  The Nite-Timers, Baton Rouge, LA, rhythm & blues dance music.

•Local orchestras for touring stage shows:

   Wayne Newton and Barbara Mandrell (1981), saxophone and flute.
   Tommy Newsome (1982), saxophone and flute.
   The Temptations and Four Tops (1984, 1986, 1987), saxophone, flute, and
   Ben Vereen (1985), saxophone and flute.
   Vaughan Monroe Orchestra (1985), saxophone and clarinet.
   Joan Rivers (1985), saxophone and flute.
   Percy Sledge (1986), saxophone
   Pete Fountain (1988), saxophone and clarinet.

 •Pit orchestras:

   “The Taffettas” (1997), Farmville, VA, electric bass.
   “Forever Plaid” (1996), Farmville, VA, electric bass.
   “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” (1990), Baton
            Rouge, LA, saxophone and clarinet.
   “Annie” (1989), Baton Rouge, LA, saxophone and clarinet.
   “Anything Goes” (1988), Baton Rouge, LA, saxophone, clarinet, and

•Ensemble Experience:

 Louisiana State University - Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Quintet, Wind Ensemble, Collegium
      Musicum (recorder, krumhorn).
 University of Alabama - Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Saxophone Quartet, Contemporary
 Auburn University - Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet.

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