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Cumberlands Faculty Assist Local Jazz Ensembles


Dr. Threlkeld speaks to a group of students during the jazz ensemble clinic at University of the Cumberlands on March 7th.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. —On Wednesday, March 7, 2012, University of the Cumberlands (UC) was the host for two local school’s jazz ensembles. The jazz ensembles for McCreary Central and Harlan High School were welcomed into the music hall where Cumberlands faculty worked directly with the students to prepare them for their upcoming concerts.

Students were able to play alongside several of Cumberlands faculty who worked specifically with saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drums, piano and bass players. These faculty members include David Threlkeld, Patrick Tuck, Steve Sudduth and Jim Corcoran. Working hand-in-hand with Cumberlands faculty was guest clinician, Jay Flippin. Flippin is a retired teacher from Morehead State University.

“We are happy to have two schools in attendance this year,” says David Threlkeld, “and hope to expand to up to six bands in a day in the future.”

This is the 13th consecutive year that Cumberlands has had the opportunity to host jazz ensembles of local schools. In past years, directors from different schools would only bring a few of their students and they rehearsed in one large band. This year was more of a one-on-one experience for the students and the schedule was different than it has been in the past. These changes will prove to be more beneficial for the individual students.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of student; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master's degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.