Tennessee Valley Winds Community Concert Band Performance


The Tennessee Valley Winds will perform a free concert under the direction of Dr. William F. Malambri on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, at 8:00 pm. This concert is presented as a part of the Wind Band Conference hosted by Middle Tennessee State University.

Dr. William Malambri

Dr. William F. Malambri

Bill Malambri is a native of Fairmont, NC. He earned degrees from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (B.S.), East Carolina University (M.M.), and the University of South Carolina (D.M.A.), where he was a student of Dr. William J. Moody. Additional conducting study was with Frederick Fennell. He is Professor of Music and Director of Bands Emeritus at Winthrop University, the institution where he taught from 1978 through 2011. While at Winthrop, Dr. Malambri conducted the Wind Orchestra, taught applied conducting on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and administered the annual Invitational Band Clinic. During the 2012-2013 academic year, he served as Interim Director of Bands at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. He is the founding director of the Carolinas Wind Orchestra, a large wind band, and continues to serve a principal emeritus conductor of that ensemble.

The program includes:

Where Never Lark or Eagle Flew-James Curnow

Zampa-L.J.F. Herold, arr by V.F. Safranek

Warren Barker

“Ye Banks and Braes O’ Bonnie Doon”-Percy Grainger

The American Soldier (march) Charles Koff, and Tom Jones

An Irish Ayre for Winds-Warren Barker

A Tribute to the City of Chicago-arr. Rick DeJonge

Roger IngramRoger Ingram

Roger Ingram is one of the most prolific lead trumpet players and session musicians of our time. He grew up in Los Angeles and was fortunate to study, perform, and record with some of Hollywood’s most successful studio musicians. To date, Roger has decades of professional experience and has done hundreds of recordings and concerts with some of the most well-known jazz and pop artists. He has also performed on many movies scores and tv/radio commercials.

Known for his dynamic sound, solid upper register, driving sense of swing and versatility, his musical legacy is embodied by his respect and regard for artistic integrity.

At sixteen, Roger toured with the great Louie Bellson Big Band, and the following summer, joined the Quincy Jones Big Band. He went on to play lead trumpet with international pop star Tom Jones for six years. In 1985 he joined the Woody Herman Orchestra on lead trumpet and remained until Herman’s death in October 1987. Ingram also toured with the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra in 1988, 1990 and 1992 recording three albums with Maynard’s band. He later collaborated with trumpeter Arturo Sandoval on the Grammy Award-winning album “Danzon.” Subsequently, there are a number of other Arturo Sandoval “collection” albums that Roger appears on.

In the early 1980s, he was immersed with playing production shows on the world-renowned Las Vegas strip working with Johhny Haig’s (Haig Eshow) “Relief Band.” Beginning in 1992, Roger spent 16 years as a resident of New York City. In addition to recording and performing on a multitude of jazz and commercial recordings, he was also involved with hundreds of live concerts as well as over 20 Broadway productions.

In 1990, Roger joined the newly formed big band of Harry Connick, Jr., recording 19 albums with Connick and working with Harry on a regular basis until 2010. Of the albums recorded with Harry, 3 were nominated for Grammy awards including “Songs I Heard” which won a Grammy award in 2001. In between tours with Harry Connick Jr., Roger also toured in the trumpet section (lead by Walt Johnson) with Frank Sinatra, and juggled his schedule to work simultaneously with Wynton Marsalis and his Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Ingram appears on seven albums with Marsalis, including the 1997 Pulitzer-Prize winning “Blood on the Fields.”

He left Jazz at Lincoln Center in 1997 to tour and record briefly with the legendary Ray Charles before returning to tour and record with Harry Connick Jr’s big band again in 1997. (Harry broke up the big Band in 1993 to start a funk band; he made the decision to reform his world famous big band a few years later.)

In 2008, Roger penned the trumpet textbook, “Clinical Notes on Trumpet Playing” which has been sold in over 65 countries, and is on the required or recommended reading list for many undergraduate and graduate music programs worldwide. Roger is an XO Brass/Jupiter Performing Artist and Clinician. In 2009, with the XO Brass design team, Roger was instrumental in the design of the XO Brass 1600I professional Bb trumpet.

In 2014, Roger recorded his first album as a leader titled “Live at the College Hideaway” with the Jim Stewart Orchestra. This album had very successful sales leading Roger to record his second, critically acclaimed album as a leader titled “Skylark.” Both albums were independently recorded for his own “One Too Tree Records” record label.

Roger’s busy schedule includes recording and playing live performances in Chicago, doing private teaching in his home music studio, presenting masterclasses and brass clinics throughout the world, performing with high school, university, and professional jazz ensembles, and as an adjunct faculty member, teaching music students attending the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

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.

The TVW has been under the direction of Mr. Erich Zimmerman, the conductor for the Tennessee Valley Winds, in preparation for this concert. Mr. Zimmerman is currently in his 28th year as a music educator in Middle TN. He began his teaching career in Sumner County and then transferred to Davidson County for 10 years, before moving to Rutherford County where he is currently the Associate Director at Blackman High School. In addition to teaching, Mr. Zimmerman remains active in performance, being a founding member of the Capitol Brass Quintet. Prior to teaching, Mr. Zimmerman was a trumpet instrumentalist with the United States Navy Band, Washington D.C. His tour of duty included a 1988 national tour and weekly concerts. He was also a freelance musician in the Washington D.C. area. Mr. Zimmerman’s education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from TN Tech Univ., a Master of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance from the Univ. of Texas, and a Master’s + 30 certificates from MTSU in Administration and Supervision.

Mr. Greg Lawson has been a music educator for the past 33 years. He holds degrees from MTSU and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. After receiving his Master of Music degree, he began his teaching career at Franklin Road Academy in Nashville, TN, teaching 5th-12th-grade instrumental music. In 1988, Mr. Lawson started the band program at the newly opened La Vergne High School in La Vergne, TN, where he remained for 13 years. Over the next five years, he taught at McGavock High School in Nashville and Oakland High School in Murfreesboro. He is currently a band director in the Murfreesboro City School System.

In 2003 Mr. Lawson was selected as the “School Band and Orchestra” Tennessee Honoree as one of “50 Directors who make a difference”. He was inducted into the MTSU Band of Blue Hall of Fame in 1996. Mr. Lawson holds membership in Music Educators National Conference, Tennessee Band Master Association, Middle Tennessee State Band and Orchestra Association, International Clarinet Society, Local 257 of the Association of Federal Musicians Phi Mu Alpha, twice elected Who’s Who of American Teachers, and an elected member of Phi Beta Mu.

For more information about the Wind Band Conference, including a complete schedule of all events for the weekend, please visit: http://www.mtsu.edu/wbc/

For more information about the Tennessee Valley Winds Community Band please visit: http://www.tnvalleywinds.org/index.html

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