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College of Music

UNT alumni perform in 2017 Inaugural Parade as part of U.S. Military Bands
UNT alumni proudly represented their alma mater and their respective branches of the U.S. Military in Washington, D.C. at the 2017 Inaugural Parade.

The U.S. Air Force Band, Washington, D.C. 

From left: MSgt Jeff Martin, SMSgt Blake Arrington (’02, ’04), TSgt Matt Penland (’12), TSgt Ben Polk (’08), TSgt Erik Lundquist (’14, ’16), CMSgt Bill Marr and TSgt Ricky Parrell (’08). Photo: CMSgt Kevin Burns.

The U.S. Army Field Band, Fort Meade, MD

Front from left: Luke Brimhall (’11) and Sarah Williams (’93). Back from left: Sean Casey, Phillip Johnson (’03), Andrew Layton (’99), Ryan Brewer (’14), Dustin Mollick (’10), Thomas Davis, Zachary Steele, James Wood (’07), Bradford Danho (’06), Kevin Watt (’91), Christopher Sarangoulis (’03), Ward Yager (’04) and Nicholas Althouse. Not pictured: Lauren Curran (’05, ’07), Pat Shook (’97), Tim Young (’97) and Joshua Fox (’08). Photo: CMSgt Kevin Burns.

The U.S. Navy Band, Washington, D.C.

Jazz Singers with Sara Gazarek and Josh Nelson:

The Jazz Singers spring concert will feature one of the jazz scene’s most dynamic duos: vocalist Sara Gazarek and pianist/composer/arranger Josh Nelson. The Jazz Singers will perform as a stand-alone ensemble as well as with the pair, featuring new arrangements and adaptations of music from Gazarek and Nelson’s recent album, Dream in the Blue. There are two chances to see the performance in Voertman Hall – April 21 and April 22.

Symphony Orchestra Puccini’s Turandot:

The Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Itkin, in collaboration with the Grand Chorus, directed by Allen Hightower, will present a concert performance of Puccini’s masterpiece Turandoton April 26 at the Murchison Performing Arts Center. Puccini’s final opera is set in ancient China where Princess Turandot reigns with an iron fist and an ice-cold heart. With a forbidden romance, soaring melodies and nearly 300 performers including faculty and student soloists as well as guest artist Arnold Rawls, don’t miss what promises to be an enthralling evening of music.

John J. Haynie Tribute Concert: Legendary UNT professor emeritus of trumpet John J. Haynie’s 40-year impact on the College of Music will be celebrated during a tribute concert on April 28 in the Lyric Theater. In addition to performances by current trumpet faculty and students, the evening will feature a return of the famous “Haynie Cornet” and other historical treasures. Join us in honoring a legendary professor whose brilliant career impacted decades of students.

Seventy years ago, the University of North Texas launched the now-acclaimed Jazz Studies program, the first of its kind in the nation. To commemorate the milestone, UNT’s College of Music will release aseries of special, limited CDs to the public this spring and fall. The first CD, Perseverance — The Music of Rich DeRosa at North Texas, has been released. All CDs will be available for purchase through CD Baby and Amazon; digital distribution via iTunes, Pandora and Spotify; and through the UNT College of Music online store, and Penders Music.