Tedeschi Trucks Band Donates $48,000 Worth Of Musical Instruments To Jacksonville High School

first_imgSouthern soul juggernaut Tedeschi Trucks Band is one of Jacksonville, FL’s most notable exports. Created by combining the solo bands of Jacksonville native guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks and his wife, guitarist/vocalist Susan Tedeschi, in 2010, the band has kept on growing ever since, releasing a number of award-winning albums and extensively touring the country playing to bigger and bigger crowds. The band recently wrapped the fourth-annual edition of their multi-band summer “Wheels of Soul” tour with Drive-By Truckers and The Marcus King Band with a pair of sold-out performances at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO.However, despite their upward trajectory, the band has never forgotten their roots and continues to aid and take pride in their local Jacksonville community, particularly with regard to music education. According to the city’s WJCT FM station, the 12-piece powerhouse recently made a substantial and deeply personal donation to the city’s Englewood High School. The band supplied the school with 38 brand-new musical instruments for its students to use, valued at roughly $48,000.The students and staff of Englewood High School were informed of the reformative gift to the school’s music program earlier this summer when Tedeschi Trucks Band hit Jacksonville’s Daily’s Place Amphitheatre on June 29th to open their 2018 “Wheels of Soul” swing. Explains WJCT, the kids and faculty were invited to the hometown performance as special guests. There, they were invited to come meet the band backstage, where they were informed of the donation.Notes Dr. Diana Greene, Duval County Public Schools Superintendent to WJCT,We are deeply thankful to the Tedeschi Trucks Band for their incredible support, not just of the Englewood High School music program, but music programs across the district. Through their generous donations over the years, they have truly given hundreds of students the gift of music. Knowing that these instruments came from an alum from that school, and two very gifted local artists, makes the donation even more special. The students and staff at Englewood High School will benefit from this transformative gift for years to come.As Derek Trucks explains,Susan and I were both fortunate to have instruments available to us when we were young. Sadly, this is not the case for so many students these days, at a time when having the tools to express creativity is so vital to their education. We were happy and humbled to be able to help.The donation was made possible through Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. Notes WJCT, the foundation was created by Michael Kamen in 1996, named after the 1995 film, Mr. Holland’s Opus, which examines the profound effect that a particularly dedicated music teacher had on several generations of students.You can see a list of the instruments donated below:3 Eastman ECL230 clarinets3 Eastman EEP421 4-valve euphoniums2 Eastman EBB534 4/4-size 4-valve tubas2 Eastman EFL210 flutes2 Eastman ETB432 trombones with F-attachments1 LP LP646NY-AW conga set1 Accent Drive LC17511 drum set2 Eastman EPH324 sousaphones2 Jupiter JMP1000M mellophones20 Cordoba CP100 acoustic guitars[H/T WJCT FM Jacksonville]last_img read more

The Curious Incident Opens on Broadway

first_img About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time celebrates its official opening on October 5 at the Barrymore Theatre. Written by Simon Stephens and based on the novel by Mark Haddon, the show stars Alex Sharp in his Broadway debut as Christopher. Marianne Elliott directs the production. Congratulations to the cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time! A-stars all around. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time View Commentscenter_img In honor of the Olivier Award-winning play’s Great White Way bow, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of Sharp, accompanied (left to right) by Francesca Faridany as Siobhan, Enid Graham as Judy and Ian Barford as Ed. You can also keep an eye out for Toby the rat and a slew of emotions and numbers (both prime and composite) in the portrait. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016last_img read more

Soldiers Get Set for U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials

first_img Several Soldiers in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program recently posted strong performances in preparation for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials, scheduled for June 22 through July 1, in Eugene, Oregon. The results provide a preview of what they could achieve in Eugene, where they will vie for spots on Team USA, which is headed to the London Olympic Games. Maj. Michael Mai won the hammer throw with a hurl of 69.55 meters at the Jim Bush Southern California Championships in Los Angeles, June 2. A week later, he launched second-place throws of 74.83 and 75.43 meters at the Ashland Open Track & Field Meet in Ashland, Ohio, on June 7 and 9 respectively. Mai, 34, of Mountain View, Calif., won the hammer at the West Point Open at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., with a throw of 74.01 meters on May 19. With a lifetime best of 76.28 meters, he still pursues the Olympic A standard of 78.50 meters. He has hit the 77-meter mark in practice. If athletes attain the Olympic Trials A standard for their event, they automatically are qualified to compete at the Olympic Trials. The only sure-fire way to secure a berth in the London Olympic Games is to attain the higher Olympic Games A standard and finish among the top three in Eugene. The hammer throw will be the only event contested at the Nike World Headquarters near Portland. The rest are set for historic Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. Mai finished second at the 2011 Outdoor USA Track and Field Championships with a throw of 74.69 meters. He hopes to punch a ticket to London in Portland. “I kind of left with a sour taste in my mouth in 2008,” said Mai, who finished fifth with a throw of 71.75 meters in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials in Eugene. “I got injured a little bit before the trials and I just didn’t put it together like I wanted to. You don’t ever want to leave the sport feeling like that, like there’s more I can do.” Still, Mai said, he feels he has been more successful in the last three years than he has been in the rest of his career. He has competed in nine U.S. outdoor and seven indoor national championships. “I made the last two world championship teams, went to the Pan Am Games this year and got the silver medal,” Mai said. “It hasn’t all been everything I’ve wanted, and even though I haven’t set a new [personal record] with the hammer, it’s always been my goal to go to the Olympics. You don’t want to leave knowing you have the ability to do it, and you didn’t at least make a run.” WCAP distance runner Spc. Joseph Chirlee crushed the Olympic A standard with a fourth-place finish in the 10,000 meters at the Tartletos Loopgala in Wageningen, Netherlands, May 30, with a time of 27 minutes, 43.96 seconds. Ali Hassan Mahboob of Bahrain won the race in 27:21.40. Chirlee, 32, a naturalized citizen from Marakwet, Kenya, lowered his personal best by 33 seconds and became one of nine U.S. runners to attain the Olympic A standard of 27:45.00. The Olympic Trials 10,000-meter men’s final is scheduled for June 22, in Eugene. The top three finishers with the A standard will compete for Team USA in London. Spc. Augustus Maiyo met the Olympic A standard with a second-place finish and time of 8:29.37 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Music City Distance Carnival in Nashville, Tenn., on June 2. Spc. Kyle Heath finished 10th in the same race with a time of 8:50.15. Maiyo, 28, of Fort Carson, Colo., was twice named to the NCAA All-America Team in cross country at the University of Alabama. He finished third in the 2011 Army Ten-Miler at the Pentagon. The Olympic Trails men’s qualification heat of the 3,000-meter steeplechase is set for June 25. The final is scheduled for June 28. Staff Sgt. John Nunn, who already punched his ticket to England by winning the crown for the men’s 50 km race walk, will attempt to double in London with a berth in the 20 km race walk, scheduled for June 30, in Eugene. Several other Soldiers hope to compete at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials. Spc. Robert Cheseret, who finished second in the 2011 Army Ten-Miler, is running the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. He finished 14th in the 5,000 meters with a time of 13:37.02 at the Oxy High Performance Meet in Los Angeles on May 18. Also at that meet, Spc. Jackson Langat finished fifth in section four of the 800 meters in 1:48.70. Capt. John Mickowski finished 12th in the third section of the 1,500 meters in 3:49.07. Mickowski won the 1,500 with a time of 3:40.60 at the Portland Track Festival at Lewis and Clark College on June 9. Capt. Kelly Calway finished 16th in the women’s 10,000 meters with a time of 33:55.20. By Dialogo June 19, 2012last_img read more

Smith backs Starc for Proteas first Test

first_img(REUTERS) – Australia captain Steve Smith thinks Mitchell Starc will be fit to face South Africa in November despite a freak accident in training last week that left the pace bowler with a “gruesome” injury.Left-armer Starc required 30 stitches last Thursday to close a gash in his left leg caused by a stump that had been dug into the ground at Hurstville Oval in south Sydney and will be in a leg brace for another two weeks.“It wasn’t nice at all,” Smith told reporters yesterday ahead of Australia’s departure for South Africa, where they will play a lone one-dayer against Ireland followed by five ODIs against the hosts.“It was actually probably one of the most gruesome things I have ever seen.“I guess for Mitch, he’s got no tendon or ligament damage so given everything goes well over the next couple of weeks, we’re confident that’ll he be okay for the first Test match.”Starc, who was being rested from the trip to South Africa along with fellow quick Josh Hazlewood, has established himself as the leader of Australia’s pace attack in all three forms of the game over the last couple of years.The 26-year-old’s absence for the first of three Tests against the Proteas in Perth from November 3 would be a major setback for the hosts, who also face the South Africans in Hobart and a day-night match in Adelaide.“It was just one of those things,” Smith said. “You go for the ball and almost block everything out. As he was catching it a few of us were saying ‘don’t go for it’ but he took the catch and then what happened after that wasn’t great.“He wasn’t overly impressed, but when things like that happen, particularly when he was about to have a bit of a rest and chill out, those are the kind of things you don’t want to happen.”Smith has also had a chance to rest after being brought home early from Sri Lanka in a move that was heavily criticised in the media.“I think we could have got the messaging across a fair bit better,” Smith admitted. “We knew a fair way out that I was going to leave after the second one-day gameThe fact we only brought it out the day before probably shocked a few people.“It will do me the world of good looking at what’s coming up.”last_img read more