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Tennessee Valley Winds to Perform Christmas Concert Tonight

The Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department presents a free concert:

TN Valley Winds Community Band Concert


Tuesday, December 18, 2012 * 7:30 pm

Patterson Park Community Center

521 Mercury Boulevard, Murfreesboro


Eric Zimmerman, Conductor

Greg Lawson, Associate Conductor


Tennessee Valley Winds Community Concert Band Performance

Murfreesboro, TN- The Tennessee Valley Winds will perform its annual Winter concert under the direction of Mr. Erich Zimmerman, Conductor, and Mr. Greg Lawson, Associate Conductor, on Tuesday, December 18, 2012   at   7:30 PM in the auditorium of the Patterson Park Community Center. Outstanding high school band students from Eagleville High School will join the Tennessee Valley Winds in their concert. Admission to the concert is free. 

Mr. Erich Zimmerman is currently in his 20th year as a music educator in Middle TN. He began his teaching career in Sumner County, and then transferred to Davidson Co. for 10 years, before moving to Rutherford County where he is currently the Co-Director of bands at Rock Springs Middle and Christiana Middle Schools. 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 free lance 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 certificate from MTSU in Administration and Supervision. He is a member of the Music Educator’s    National Conference, the TN Music Education Assoc. where he served on the Board of Directors, and a member of Mid-TN Band Orchestra Assoc. where he served as President. He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha, a professional music fraternity, and Phi Beta Mu, an honorary band director’s fraternity.

Mr. Greg Lawson has been a music educator for the past 27 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 Lavergne High School in Lavergne, 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.

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

For more information about the Patterson Park Community Center: http://www.murfreesborotn.gov/default.aspx?ekmenu=126&id=3070