MURFREESBORO - The Tennessee Valley Winds will perform a free concert under the direction of Mr. Mondale Rogers and Mr. Eric Scott on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 2PM. Admission to the concert is free. This concert is presented as a part of the Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department.
Mondale Rogers is a native of Ripley, Tennessee, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in music education from the Middle Tennessee. State University where he studied under the direction of Richard Murphy, Terry Jolley, Leonard Foy and performed in the wind ensemble, and other university ensembles. Mondale has worked for Coffee County Schools in Manchester, Tennessee, as the Director of Bands for the past eight years during which time the band has performed in Washington D.C. and Orlando, Florida, and in five European Countries.
Mondale is an active member of the Tennessee Valley Winds (TVW), in which he plays the trumpet.
Eric Scott is a member of the TN Valley Winds’ trumpet section. He is in his fourth year as Director of Bands at White House High School. The band at White House have recently been finalists in State Division II, performed in Washington D.C., and received superiors at the National Adjudicator’s Concert Festival on the Atlanta Symphony Hal in 2009. Mr. Scott is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, where he graduated with honors.
Dr. Michael Arndt
Assistant Professor of Trumpet
A native of the Midwest, Dr. Michael Arndt joined the MTSU School of Music as the trumpet professor in 2002. In addition to maintaining a private studio of more than twenty music majors and minors. Arndt coaches and directs the MTSU Symphonic Brass Ensemble, the award winning MTSU Trumpet Ensemble, and numerous other brass chamber ensembles. He has also guest conducted both the MTSU Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band.
Arndt has additionally presented and performed at conferences in the US and in Bangkok, Thailand. His performing schedule at the university is very busy as he performs solo recitals and regularly with the Stones River Chamber Players. The MTSU Faculty Brass Quintet features Arndt along with colleagues David Loucky, Jeff Bailey, Angela DeBoer, and Gilbert Long. They have presented many concerts in Middle Tennessee featuring some of the most exciting and difficult music for brass quintet.
Since moving to Middle Tennessee, Arndt has been increasingly active in Nashville's dynamic music community. He is a regular addition to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra trumpet section and plays Principal Trumpet with the Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra. He has also recently played Principal Trumpet with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra in performances of Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben and Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastique. He has performed with Orchestra Nashville, the Nashville Opera Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, and many others. Additionally, he is active in Nashville recording studios and has performed with many of Nashville's best known performers for Fourth of July Celebrations, benefit concerts, and even at Tennessee's Bonnaroo Music Festival.
Arndt earned degrees in Trumpet Performance from some of the most reputable programs throughout the United States. He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory of Music, Master of Music from the University of Minnesota and Doctorate of Music Arts from Arizona State University. He was also awarded a Performance Certificate from DePaul University. His teachers include Dave Hickman, Philip Clark, Keith Benjamin, Gary Schutza, Gary Bordner, David Baldwin, and John Hagstrom.
Dr. David Loucky
Professor: Trombone, Euphonium, Low Brass
Dr. David Loucky, trombonist and low brass specialist, performs on all low brass instruments. A faculty member at Middle Tennessee State University since 1989, he also performed for two seasons as Assistant Principal Trombonist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He has performed and lectured at several International Trombone Festivals, and International Tuba-Euphonium Conferences and served on the faculty of the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. He is an active performer with the Nashville Symphony, the New Hampshire Music Festival, the Huntsville Symphony, the Stones River Chamber Players, the MTSU Faculty Jazz Combo, the Middle Tennessee Jazz Orchestra. the MTSU Faculty Brass Quintet, and the Nashville Chamber Brass.
With the St. Louis Symphony, Loucky toured 6 European countries and four states, performed six times in Carnegie Hall, and played in all the low brass chairs except tuba (Principal, Assistant, Second and Bass Trombone, Euphonium and Bass Trumpet). He was also very active in the Symphony's educational arm, the Community Partnership Program. With the Nashville Symphony he has played in every low brass chair including tuba, and also performed in that orchestra's Carnegie Hall debut in 2000.
Loucky earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University, a Master of Music from Yale School of Music, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He had additional studies in Cologne, Germany and Vienna, Austria in both classical and jazz traditions. His principal teachers include John Swallow (New York Brass Quintet and NYC Ballet), Ronald Borror (American Brass Quintet and NYC Ballet), Bill Harris (Syracuse Symphony), Jiggs Whigam (West German Radio Big Band), Horst Kublbock (Vienna Symphony) and Eric Kleinschuster (Austrian Radio Big Band).
The Tennessee Valley Winds is a non-profit, all volunteer, self-supporting community band that has been providing quality musical performances since 1984. The community band experience is unlike school or professional groups. Rarely do amateurs and professionals, young and old, get to work together. The opportunity to learn and grow is unique. The director is more of a guide than an authority figure, and does not assign parts or solos. It is expected that all will help each other by offering suggestions and sharing. Friendships are born of shared work and musical enjoyment.
For more information about the Tennessee Valley Winds Community Band please visit: http://www.tnvalleywinds.org/index.html