Archive for April 15th, 2005

Sale Raises Over $900 For The March of Dimes

by Joseph Thomas
The March of Dimes held their annual “beanies” and candy bar sale March 15-16 and 22-23, which raised $954 for the organization.

Michelle Coggins, chairperson of the March of Dimes campaign committee, said the money, except for the cost of the beanies, would go to the March of Dimes.

“The money for the March of Dimes goes to premature babies and promoting healthy babies,” said Coggins.

The March of Dimes has an annual sale every March and April.

The beanies cost $5, with half of the profits going to the organization and the other half going into buying the beanies from the manufacturer.

Coggins said, “The faculty and student body were very supportive because it is a good cause and organization.”

The candy bar sale will run until April 20. Students or faculty interested in donating money to the March of Dimes or Walk of America, contact Michelle Coggins at 694-6450 or

Online registration is available for Walk of America at and anyone can fill out walk forms at Coggins office in AL 201-B.

Friday, April 15th, 2005

Jazz Band to Perform Free Concert

by Chris Murray

The Pellissippi State Jazz Band is set to ‘jazz’ up your life with a free concert on Tuesday, April 19 at 8 p.m. in the Pac Auditorium.

“The concert is going to feature the Pellissippi State Jazz Band with six guest vocalists plus tenor saxophonist Lance Owens, who is a 65-year veteran of the Knoxville jazz scene,” Director of Pellissippi Jazz Ensemble Tom Johnson said.

The band will be performing compositions by a wide variety of composers, including George Gershwin, Mel Torme, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk, Lee Morgan, Billy Eckstine and Knoxville’s own Donald Brown.

Pellissippi State student vocalists will be Stacey Sasser, Jessica King, Kourtney Hennard, Scott Martineck and Andrew Young. They will be accompanying the band as well as faculty member Laura Maune. Michael Compton will be featured on the guitar.

“I feel like it is a really strong program and it has a lot of variety. We are doing songs by a wide variety of composers, featuring student vocalists who are gaining valuable experience singing with a group,” Johnson said. “Many of the student vocalists involved have probably only performed with piano accompaniment and here they are getting a chance to perform accompanied by an entire band, often including a horn section.”

Many components of the band have been together for quite a while, and Johnson is pleased with how the members of the band have progressed over the semesters.

“I have some really talented students this time. Some people have been in the band for as long as four or five semesters and this may be the last semester for some of the strongest players in the band,” Johnson said. “So this is a chance for Pellissippi students and the community to hear these folks while they are still around Pellissippi.”

Johnson says, “It’s just a chance for people to get a better appreciation of the Pellissippi State music department and of the jazz band in particular.”

Johnson encourages anybody interested in the Jazz Band to visit it’s website at, where you will be able to find various audio and video clips of past performances.

Friday, April 15th, 2005