News Archives: School of Music and Fine Arts

HPU graduates 90 students at fall Commencement ceremony

BROWNWOOD – January 15, 2020 – Howard Payne University awarded degrees to 90 students during its Commencement ceremony held at the close of the fall 2019 semester.

Those receiving diplomas included August 2019 and December 2019 graduates. Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president, and other university representatives conferred the degrees. Dr. Steve Bezner, senior pastor of Houston Northwest Baptist Church, delivered the charge to graduates.

Students must have a 3.55-3.69 grade-point average to graduate Cum Laude; a 3.70-3.84 GPA to graduate Magna Cum Laude; and a 3.85-4.0 GPA to graduate Summa Cum Laude.

Arlington

James Ryan Cook – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general)

Austin

Travis Lynn Folmar – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Cody Tyler Hastings – Master of Business Administration

Matthew Richard Prall – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general)

Bangs

Shannon Irene McNeill – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite concentration)

Michael Talon Taylor – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies

Beaumont

Rickey Andrew Guillory – Master of Business Administration

Djimonii Rai¢ Jackson – Master of Business Administration

Bridgeport

Jessica Leanne Meeks – Bachelor of Arts in family studies

Brownwood

Bobbie Jo Anderson – Bachelor of Arts in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

Bryan Dustin Bachus – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (all-level certification)

Jordan Terrell Beasley – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Thomas Alexander Bingham – Bachelor of Arts in Bible

Amanda Arleans Collins – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

Lydia Melissa Conrad – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies

Matthew Jeffrey Davis – Bachelor of Arts in Christian education

Matthew Don Gomez – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Emmanuel Lee Jimenez – Master of Arts in theology and ministry

Weston Drew Kirbo – Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Magna Cum Laude

Cheyanne Denise Lovelady – Master of Business Administration

Katrina Dene Lynn – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration

Timothy Michael Murphy – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (personal trainer)

Rachel Mary Myers – Bachelor of Arts in cross cultural studies

Shantel Oplotnik – Bachelor of Science in social work

Austin James Robinson – Master of Science in criminal justice

Michael A. Westerman – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Eli David Williams – Bachelor of Arts in Biblical languages

Burleson

Eliajia Donnell Pruitt – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)

Caddo Mills

Tabatha Marie Moore – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general), Cum Laude

Canutillo

Jazmin Susana Amezcua – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Childress

Chanda Kay King – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general)

Cisco

Robert Devin Caraway – Bachelor of Science business administration and psychology (general), Magna Cum Laude

Camille Lindsey Webb – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Summa Cum Laude

Cleburne

Anna Elizabeth Goains – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general)

Coleman

Murry Roy Clingerman – Master of Business Administration

Faye-Nita Lyn Norway – Bachelor of Arts in social work

College Station

Hannah Noel McCain – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite concentration)

Cross Plains

Joel Thomas Hinten – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (all-level certification)

DeSoto

Levie Smith – Bachelor of Science in criminal justice (forensic science)

Early

Conner Mac Drew – Bachelor of Science in business administration, Summa Cum Laude

Dylan Scott Person – Bachelor of Arts in social studies composite (high school: grade 7-12)

James Douglas Turner – Bachelor of Science in business administration, Summa Cum Laude

El Paso

Victor Hugo Almanza – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Jeffrey Brewer – Master of Business Administration

Rose Anne Chavez – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration

Raquel Cowans – Master of Business Administration

Luis Martin Jimenez – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Sandra Saucedo – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration

Flatonia

Abraham Esteban Centeno – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sports science (general)

Forney

Jarrid Wade Hawkins – Master of Arts in youth ministry

Gatesville

Madison Leigh Sims – Bachelor of Science in science (middle school: grade 4-8)

Goldthwaite

Jeffrey Gilbert – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

Grandview

James Jarod Dowling – Bachelor of Music in music education (all-level certification)

Greenville

Jordan Alexandria Sweat – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (all-level certification), Cum Laude

Haslet

Kailey Rebekah Doering – Bachelor of Science elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Summa Cum Laude

Horizon City

Santiago Felipe Mejia – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Brenda Jeanette Palma – Master of Business Administration

Huntington

Jeremy Randell Batten – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general)

Kennedale

Hailey Anne Green – Bachelor of Arts in communication studies (public and media), Cum Laude

Killeen

Haley Kristine Slater – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting

May

Jordan Dale Easterling – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Midland

Britt Thomas Boler – Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Cum Laude

Eric Trey Haverstock – Bachelor of Business Administration in management

Natalia

Hailey Stewart – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

New Braunfels

Chad Eric Campbell – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Melodee Lynne Carrier – Master of Arts in theology and ministry

Genaro Garza – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Adelaide Anne Joralemon – Bachelor of Science in business administration, Summa Cum Laude

Eric Lehr – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice, Summa Cum Laude

Alison Leanne Posey – Master of Business Administration

Tina Rocha – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences business administration

Rakisha Williams – Master of Business Administration

Odessa

Larry Dwayne Potter – Bachelor of Arts in social studies composite (high school: grade 7-12)

Destiny Reyann Ramirez – Bachelor of Science elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Magna Cum Laude

Pasadena

Kyra Alyse Chapa – Bachelor of Arts in communication studies (public and media)

Plainview

Yancy Justyne Flores – Bachelor of Science in communication studies (public and media)

Plano

Troy Zachariah Moseley – Bachelor of Arts in history

Grant Michael Saltar – Bachelor of Music in music education (all-level certification), Cum Laude

Richardson

Scott Walton Wright – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (general), Magna Cum Laude

Round Rock

Kailey Ann Cargill – Bachelor of Science in psychology (counseling/clinical psychology)

Jonathan Michael George – Bachelor of Science in engineering science

San Angelo

Juan Andres Luna – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice, Cum Laude

San Antonio

Marzena Marroquin – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration

Alexandra Irene Thompson – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Cum Laude

San Saba

Caelob Dane Hardman – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (systems development)

Hollee Anne Ragsdale – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Seguin

Shelli Suzanne De La Garza – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Trinity

Jade Elise Taylor – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general psychology)

Tulia

Bryce Wayne Shelton – Bachelor of Arts in practical theology

Woodsboro

Cory Dean Edwards – Master of Arts in theology and ministry

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Cutline: Dr. Steve Bezner, senior pastor of Houston Northwest Baptist Church, delivers charge to graduates at HPU’s December 2019 Commencement ceremony.

Central Texas Community Band to begin rehearsals at HPU

BROWNWOOD – January 9, 2020 –The Central Texas Community Concert Band will begin rehearsing for the spring 2020 season on Monday, January 13. Rehearsals will be held at Howard Payne University’s Davidson Music Complex on Mondays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The band is composed of local high school students, college students, area musicians and older adults who still have the desire to play and make music.

Frank Nelson, assistant professor of music and director of bands at HPU, will lead the group along with several guest conductors from the area.

“It’s time once again to dust off that old clarinet or trombone and get back in the band,” said Nelson. “All are invited to come and be a part of this wonderful community project.”

The HPU Davidson Music Complex is located on the Howard Payne University campus. For more information, contact Nelson at 325-649-8502 or fnelson@hputx.edu.

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Heart of Texas New Horizons Band meeting hosted at HPU

An informational meeting for the Heart of Texas New Horizons Band was hosted at Howard Payne University’s Davidson Music Complex on Dec. 17. Topics of discussion included the schedule and location of rehearsals, and the benefits of music to the mind and body.

“We have a wonderful group of bright, enthusiastic seniors ready to launch into the new year and a new experience with the Heart of Texas New Horizons Band,” said Stephen Goacher, director of the Heart of Texas New Horizons Band. “We are grateful to HPU School of Music & Fine Arts and to the grant from the New Horizons Music International Association for making this offering to our community possible.”

The band is open to adults who are at least 50 years old. No previous musical experience is required. Participation is free, thanks to an initiative by the HPU Department of Music and a grant from the New Horizons International Music Association. Individuals interested in joining the band may bring their own instrument. Instruments are also available for rent at Brownwood Music.

The band’s first rehearsal will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, in HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center. Following the first rehearsal, the band will meet twice a week, at 9 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. For more information about the Heart of Texas New Horizons Band, please contact Stephen Goacher at (325) 649-8167.

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Cutline #1: Stephen Goacher, director of the Heart of Texas New Horizons Band and professor of music at HPU, speaks during an informational meeting for the New Horizons Band on Dec. 17.

Cutline #2: Pictured are prospective members of the Heart of Texas New Horizons Band during the Dec. 17 meeting. From left to right are Frank Nelson, director of bands at HPU; Janet Chastain of Santa Anna; Jim Jackson of May; Betty Martin of Brownwood; Jodie Armstrong of Brownwood; Cayla Furry of Blanket; Bonnie Hascall of Coleman; Mary Dunn of Cross Plains; Stephen Goacher; and Charlene Perez of Brownwood.

HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art program presents 25th annual Christmas recital

BROWNWOOD – December 11, 2019 – Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art program recently presented its 25th annual Christmas recital. Thirty-five students performed piano, vocal, guitar and percussion solos, duets and trios, and 12 teachers were represented. The event was held at HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center.

“There was a standing-room-only crowd of more than 100 family and friends, and all in attendance were definitely in the ‘Christmas spirit’ when they left that day,” said Diane Owens, director of the program. “We are already looking forward to sharing our music again next Christmas as this tradition continues.”

For information about the HPU Pre-College Music and Art program, please contact Diane Owens at 325-649-8501, 325-636-3000 or dowens@hputx.edu.

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New Horizons Band expands music opportunities for senior citizens; informational meeting scheduled for Dec. 17

BROWNWOOD – December 10, 2019 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts is pleased to announce the formation of the Heart of Texas New Horizons Band in January 2020, as part of the New Horizons International Music Association (NHIMA).

The band is open to adults who are at least 50 years old. No previous musical experience is required. Participation is free, thanks to an initiative by the HPU Department of Music and a grant from the New Horizons International Foundation. An informational meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Dec. 17 in the band room of HPU’s Davidson Music Complex. Classes for beginners will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., starting January 14.

The NHIMA is an initiative seeking to expand music making opportunities for adults. The band will join 215 existing New Horizons Bands in America, Canada and Australia, including seven in Texas.

Stephen Goacher, director of the Heart of Texas New Horizons Band and professor of music at HPU, said, “We are offering a ‘quality of life’ opportunity for seniors of Brownwood and our local communities – the opportunity to greet each day with a meaningful challenge through learning and sharing music.”

Those who would like to know more but are unable to attend the informational meeting may contact Stephen Goacher at (325) 649-8167.

The pilot program for the New Horizons Band grew from a medical experiment by the Rochester Clinic and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, in 1991 investigating whether senior adults could learn new processes. The experiment proved conclusively that learning never stops and that senior citizens have a great capacity to learn and grow throughout life. The research shows that socialization is an important factor in good health. There is evidence that music making supports good mental and physical health. The mental challenge of learning music is an ideal form of exercise for the brain. Research investigates the link between active music making and wellness. Early studies indicate that music making can reduce depression and increase the strength of the immune system.

New Horizons Bands fulfill important needs for adults, such as the need for challenging intellectual growth, the need to be a contributing member of a group and the need to have exciting events in the future.

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Cutline: Pictured are Heart of Texas New Horizons Band advocates Angie Dees, director of the Brownwood Senior Citizens Center; Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts; Kim Springfield, membership director of the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce; Leesa Stephens, executive director of Good Samaritan Ministries; and Stephen Goacher, director of the Heart of Texas New Horizons Band and professor of music at HPU.

HPU students shine at Bayou City Swing Speech and Debate Tournament

BROWNWOOD – November 18, 2019 – HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team recently competed at the Bayou City Swing Speech and Debate Tournament, held at Lone Star College in Houston. Lucy Manning, junior strategic communication, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Fort Worth, won top debate speaker and advanced to finals in International Public Debate (IPDA).

Freshman Devin Schurman, strategic communication, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from San Antonio, was the third place debate speaker at the tournament and was a quarterfinalist in IPDA debate.

Dr. Julie Welker, professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication, coaches the team.

“This team has been working very hard on debate structure and solid oral argumentation,” said Dr. Welker. “Each round is a different topic, so our students must be well-versed on both domestic and foreign affairs. In the debate styles we compete in, we do not use pre-prepared arguments, so students must think quickly on their feet and have a broad-based knowledge on many topics.”

The parliamentary debate team of Schurman and Rishona Raub, freshman strategic communication, social work, and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Celina, were semi-finalists.

“I’m very proud of Devin and Rishona’s efforts at this tournament,” said Dr. Welker. “They were up against very tough competition from schools much larger than HPU. It’s always impressive when a freshman team advances to semis.”

Due to the team’s excellent debate rankings, HPU won second place overall debate sweepstakes at the tournament.

In individual event competition, sophomore Alek Mendoza, theatre major from Bangs, won third place in program oral interpretation and fifth place in dramatic interpretation.

“Alek has competed very well this year,” said Dr. Welker. “In just his second year of collegiate competition, he has placed at all of our tournaments this fall, ranking high against some of the top competitors in the nation. He is putting in the work required to compete at this level, and it shows.”

HPU competed against colleges and universities from Texas and Mississippi.

Other students who competed at the tournament were Madison Neal, senior strategic communication major from Chandler, and Esmeralda Maldonado, senior strategic communication major from Whitney.

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Cutline: HPU’s SSB speech and debate team is pictured holding awards received at the Bayou City Swing Speech and Debate Tournament. From left to right are Devin Schurman, Rishona Raub, Lucy Manning, Madison Neal, Esmerelda Maldonado and Alek Mendoza.

HPU Symphonic Band and Central Texas Community Band present “Yuletide Tidings” Nov. 21

BROWNWOOD – November 15, 2019 – Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band and the Central Texas Community Band invite the public to “Yuletide Tidings,” a joint Christmas-themed presentation by the two groups directed by Frank Nelson, director of bands and assistant professor of music at HPU. The performance will take place on Thursday, November 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Mims Auditorium on the HPU campus. The event is free of charge.

The combined band is comprised of 56 members, including HPU students and faculty as well as musicians from Comanche, Santa Anna, Lake Brownwood and all across Brown County.

The program will feature numerous Christmas favorites such as “White Christmas,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Home for the Holidays” and many more. The audience will be invited to sing along with the band on some selections. The event will also include a special musical presentation by a trombone septet from members of the community band.

“This will be an evening filled with fun and enjoyable holiday entertainment,” said Frank Nelson. “We look forward to celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through music with the people of our area.”

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Cutline: Members of HPU’s Symphonic Band rehearse for the upcoming “Yuletide Tidings” concert.

Four HPU pre-college music students receive NSF Art Awards

Four students in the HPU pre-college music program were honored as recipients of Wilda Dragoo Music Scholarships during the Nancy Seaberry Frost Arts 21st Annual Music Scholarships presentation held at the Rip Festival in Eastland.

HPU pre-college music students recognized during the ceremony were Braylee Reeves and Matthew Till, students of Diane Owens, HPU pre-college program director, and Austin Luker and Avery Luker, students of HPU senior Suzanne Schad, a music education major from Briggs.

Through the aid of its donors, NSF Arts has helped to provide 462 music scholarships to school children in rural Texas and 127 concerts for schools and communities.

According to the organizations website, NSF Arts takes its namesake from Nancy Seaberry Frost, an accomplished music ensemble member. The Nancy Seaberry Frost Arts Endowment was established to introduce her love of music to children. The NSF Arts Music Scholarship Program and The Community Performances Program add to this rich legacy by creating and sharing music with future generations.

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Cutline: Four HPU pre-college music students were awarded Wilda Dragoo Music Scholarships during the NSF Arts 21st Annual Music Scholarships presentation. Pictured from left to right are Braylee Reeves, Matthew Till, Austin Luker and Avery Luker.

HPU sophomore Haleigh Clevenger receives PACCAR Foundation scholarship

Howard Payne University sophomore Haleigh Clevenger, a sophomore from Brownwood majoring in English and studio art, has been selected to receive a scholarship from the PACCAR Foundation provided by the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT) Foundation and its national partner, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).

Her parents are Patrick ’95, who graduated from HPU with a major in practical theology and Spanish, and Elizabeth, who worked at the university from 1993 to 1995 with the university’s English as a Second Language program. Clevenger attended Midland Classical Academy until her junior year of high school. After moving to Brownwood, she graduated from Brownwood High School in 2018.

“I am so very thankful for what the PACCAR Foundation has done for my family and me,” Clevenger said. “Their generosity in granting me this scholarship is greatly appreciated and will bless my time here at HPU immensely. This gift will allow me to continue growing academically, in an environment that will, likewise, be maturing me spiritually. The foundation’s support is such an encouragement to me and inspires me to keep learning, achieving and setting goals within this community that I love.”

The PACCAR Foundation is a philanthropic branch of the auto production and financial corporation PACCAR. The foundation was formed in 1951 and grants millions of dollars each year for education, social services and the arts.

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of more than 700 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization focused on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars and other programs that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance and institutional visibility. CIC conducts the largest annual conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers. CIC also provides support to state associations that organize programs and generate contributions for their member colleges and universities, including the ICUT Foundation. The council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.cic.edu.

Applications for admission are being accepted for the spring 2020 and fall 2020 semesters at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). For more information about HPU, including the wide range of available financial aid options, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU sophomore Haleigh Clevenger, an English and studio art major from Brownwood, was recently named a recipient of a PACCAR Foundation scholarship.

HPU School of Music and Fine Arts to host jazz clinics

Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts invites area band directors and students to attend four instrument-specific jazz clinics on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in HPU’s Davidson Music Complex.

The evening of clinics will conclude with a free performance by widely acclaimed clinicians Norm Bergeron, Stephen Goacher, Dr. Tarik Hassan and Dr. Benjamin Irom at 7:30 p.m. in HPU’s L.J. Mims Auditorium.

Sessions will focus on drums, saxophone, bass and piano and be led by, respectively, Bergeron, director of percussion studies at Temple College; Goacher, professor of music at HPU; Dr. Hassan, an Austin-based bassist, composer, educator and double bass instructor at Temple College; and Dr. Irom, professor of music and director of jazz studies at Temple College.

All four clinics are free of charge. Registration will be open from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the date of the event in the Davidson Music Complex foyer.

Bergeron earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in jazz performance from the University of North Texas and his Master of Science degree in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in ethnomusicology, anthropology and documentary film. He served as the instructor of the Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, West African and Gamelan ensembles while at the University of North Texas. He performs as the drummer for Big Cat, a band fronted by Storyville vocalist Malford Milligan, and with the Austin Jazz Workshop at elementary schools in Austin-area school districts. He has performed in the studio and live with numerous artists including Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), Holland Greco, Tim Miller, Joe McBride, Jeffrey Osborne, Grover Washington, Jr., Al Jarreau, Wayne Bergeron, Ernie Watts, Joey McIntyre, Brave Combo, Mingo Fishtrap, Sara Hickman, Steve Reich, Angelo Bundini and on numerous jingle and singer/songwriter sessions. He endorses Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Aquarian Drumheads and Sabian cymbals.

Goacher has served as professor of music and director of jazz studies at Howard Payne University for the past 20 years. Goacher previously served as professor of music at Stephen F. Austin State University, Kansas State University and Northern Kentucky University where taught both woodwinds and jazz studies. Professionally, he has performed with the Henry Mancini Orchestra, Bob Hope, Tommy Dorsey, The Temptations, Lena Horne, Rosemary Clooney, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Steve Lawrence and Edy Gorme. Additionally, he has been a member of the Temple Jazz Orchestra since 2008 and performed at the Jazz a’ Vienne France Festival, the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, the Monteau Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Regen Jazz Club in Vienna, Austria.

Dr. Hassan earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in jazz studies from Florida State University; his Master of Music degree from the University of New Orleans; and his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in performance with an emphasis in jazz at The University of Texas at Austin. He spent nearly a decade as a professional musician in New Orleans where he developed his unique sound while studying the music of jazz masters past and present. He has performed with Jason Marsalis, Andre Hayward, Bruce Saunders, Irvin Mayfield, Ed Petersen, Steve Masalowski, Johnny Vidacovich, Marlon Jorday, Delfeayo Marsalis, Brian Seegar, and Troy Davis. He has performed at Snug Harbor, the House of Blues in New Orleans, The Orleans in Las Vegas, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and in France at Les Cultures du Monde.

In addition to serving on the faculty of Temple College, Dr. Irom is the director of the Temple Jazz Orchestra, a 20-piece big band comprised of some of the best jazz musicians in Central Texas. He has been a faculty member at Baylor University, Riverside Community College in Riverside, California and The University of Texas at Austin. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the University of California, Santa Cruz; his Master of Arts degree in music composition from the University of California, Los Angeles; and his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in composition with jazz emphasis at The University of Texas at Austin. He has performed alongside Paquito D’Rivera, Poncho Sanchez, Arturo Sandoval, Christian McBride, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Shew, Randy Brecker, Jim Pugh, Rufus Reid, James Moody, Roy Hargrove, Kenny Burrell, Eddie Daniels, John Fedchock, Marcus Printup, Ed Calle, Bill Watrous, Butch Miles and Bob Mintzer. His music is available for purchase through The University of Northern Colorado Jazz Press.

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Cutline: Pictured are Dr. Benjamin Hassan, Stephen Goacher, Norm Bergeron and Dr. Tarik Hassan, instructors for HPU’s Nov. 14 jazz clinics.