Milligan to offer jazz workshop for high school students
Attendance is open to high school juniors and seniors, but preregistration is required. Online registration is available at www.milligan.edu/music or by calling 423.461.8723.
Workshop topics will include jazz improvisation, ensemble playing, how to play different jazz styles, and jazz articulations and phrasing.
The workshop will be led by Rick Simerly, associate professor of music at Milligan. Simerly joined Milligan’s faculty in 2001 after two decades in music education in the public schools.
In addition to serving as band director at T.A. Dugger Junior High School in Elizabethton, Tenn., since 1979, Simerly has carved out a niche for himself in the professional world of music.
He has been called “one of the most exciting and consistently creative trombonists in jazz today” by world-renowned jazz educator and composer David Baker.
Simerly has played in the bands of Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Nelson Riddle Harry James, Bob Crosby and Charlie Spivak. He also has performed with many jazz greats including Billy Taylor, James Moody, Rufus Reid, Jon Faddis, Bobby Shew, Milt Hinton, Bobby Watson, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Plas Johnson, Tommy Newsom and many others.
He has toured with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and performed with such entertainers as Frank Sinatra Jr., Bob Hope, Red Skelton, Lou Rawls, Gladys Knight, the O’Jays, the Commodores, the Temptations, the Four Tops and numerous others.
As a clinician he regularly performs clinics and concerts throughout the United States including the renowned Brubeck Institute and is a veteran instructor at the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops.
Having been a featured soloist for the International Association of Jazz Educators, The International Trombone Association Festival and the Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic, he serves as an endorsing artist and educational specialist for Rath Trombones, Huddersfield, UK.
Simerly has numerous recordings and two solo jazz CDs, “Simple/Complexity” and “Obscurity.”
He holds a Master of Arts degree from East Tennessee State University. At Milligan, Simerly teaches a variety of music courses and leads a jazz studies emphasis in the music area.
To learn more about Milligan, visit www.milligan.edu.
MILLIGAN COLLEGE is a Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs. To learn more about Milligan College, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.