The Tennessee Valley Winds will perform its annual winter concert under the direction of Conductor Erich Zimmerman and Associate Conductor Greg Lawson at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec 13 in the auditorium of the Patterson Park Community Center.
Outstanding area high school band students from Eagleville High School, Middle Tennessee Christian School, Oakland High School and Siegel High School will join the Tennessee Valley Winds in their concert. Admission to the concert is free.
Zimmerman is currently in his 20th year as a music educator in Middle Tennessee.
He began his teaching career in Sumner County, then transferred to Davidson County for 10 years, before moving to Rutherford County where he is currently the co-director of bands at Rock Springs Middle and Christiana Middle Schools. In addition to teaching, Zimmerman remains active in performance, being a founding member of the Capitol Brass Quintet.
Prior to teaching, Zimmerman was a trumpet instrumentalist with the United States Navy Band, Washington D.C. His tour of duty included a 1988 national tour and weekly concerts. He was also a freelance musician in the Washington D.C. area.
Lawson has been a music educator for the past 27 years. He holds degrees from MTSU and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. After receiving his master of music degree, he began his teaching career at Franklin Road Academy in Nashville, teaching 5th-12th grade instrumental music.
In 1988, Lawson started the band program at the newly opened La Vergne High School, where he remained for 13 years. Over the next five years, he taught at McGavock High School in Nashville and Oakland High School in Murfreesboro. He is currently a band director in the Murfreesboro City School System.
In 2003, Lawson was selected as the “School Band and Orchestra” Tennessee Honoree as one of “50 Directors who make a difference.” He was inducted into the MTSU Band of Blue Hall of Fame in 1996.
The Tennessee Valley Winds is a nonprofit, all volunteer, self-supporting community band that has been providing quality musical performances since 1984.
The community band experience is unlike school or professional groups. Rarely do amateurs and professionals, young and old, get to work together. The opportunity to learn and grow is unique.
The director is more of a guide than an authority figure, and does not assign parts or solos. It is expected that all will help each other by offering suggestions and sharing. Friendships are born of shared work and musical enjoyment.