April 12 concert honors retiring professor Wayne Pegram

Tennessee Tech University’s Symphony Band will be in concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 — but the show won’t be just any musical event.

It will honor the 35-year TTU career of music professor Wayne Pegram, who has announced that he will retire in May. The concert is free and open to the public.

"Literally hundreds of students have been affected by Pegram’s influence," said Joe Hermann, TTU Director of Bands.

A TTU alumnus who joined the faculty in 1968, Pegram completed his graduate studies at the University of Tennessee and the University of Northern Colorado. He taught high school band classes in Murfreesboro before becoming TTU’s director of bands, and he served in that capacity until 1984, when he accepted his current position as Coordinator of Music Education.

"His work in supervising the student teacher program for instrumental music majors has placed him in a position that not only influenced TTU students, but the professional lives they would lead and the quality of music instruction throughout the state and region," Hermann said. "We all appreciate the work Wayne has done and continues to do."

The concert will consist of some of Pegram’s favorite musical pieces and some works to which he contributed as a composer and arranger.

"Of course, we will see some fun-loving roasting there, too," Hermann said.

Among the highlights of the event will be the premiere performance of TTU graduate Bill Brusick’s "Concerto for Wind Ensemble," composed specifically for the Tech Symphony Band. "Based on a collection of Southern hymntunes, the piece is full of life and delightful expression," Hermann said.

Another concert highlight will be a performance of the alumni wind ensemble conducted by Pegram.

"The group of ‘old-timers’ will show their stuff with Wayne on the podium! It should be a great evening," Hermann said.

For more information about the concert, call 931/372-3161.

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