April 1, 2017

When I was in college, I discovered the amazing playing of Don Braden after listening to a Freddie Hubbard album, "Live in Warsaw". I was particularly drawn to his solo on Dear John, a Freddie Hubbard original written to the chord changes of John Coltrane's famous tune...

September 18, 2016

I am blessed to have the opportunity to represent Maury County Public Schools as one of only nine finalist for Tennessee Teacher of the Year. Read the full article and meet the rest of my colleagues from across the state at http://tnclassroomchronicles.org/me...

June 27, 2016

Jon Hammond Funk Unit plays Pocket Funk in High Definition

Jon Hammond organ + bass
Joe Berger guitar
Roland Barber trombone + sea shell
Cord Martin tenor saxophone
Chuggy Carter congas percussion
Louis Flip Winfield drums
Lee Oskar harmonica special guest

on The Niss...

June 26, 2016

In early May, I had the opportunity to do participate in a commercial for Listerhill Credit Union. I started banking with Listerhill in 2011 because of the summer savings program they provide for Maury County Public Schools. This has been a great way to make sure I hav...

April 20, 2016

I was fortunate to be featured in the April 2016 edition of Validity Magazine. The article / interview was entitled, "Improv Disciple" and was written by Luke Newbold. A link to the article can be found here: http://validitymag.com/2016/04/improv-disciple/.

The full onl...

January 23, 2016

Last week I had one of the highlights of my five years as a band director. I had the honor of serving as the guest clinician for the Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association's All-Midstate 7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band. This ensemble consisted of some of th...

January 20, 2016

I had the opportunity to perform at the annual MLK Celebration Service at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Columbia, TN. I have performed here many times before, but this day was very special. The entire church was filled with people of all shapes, sizes, ages c...

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