Grammy award winning musician set to headline USM concert

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - Award winning trumpet player Terence Blanchard is kicking off Southern Miss's Homecoming weekend with a performance October seventh at the university.

Southern Miss jazz band students in particular are looking forward to the Terence Blanchard Quintet's Thursday night concert at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center.

Blanchard is a New Orleans native, who won a Grammy award for his work in 2005. While in Hattiesburg this week, Blanchard will conduct a master's class for a USM jazz sextet that's made up of three horn players and three other rhythm musicians.

Larry Panella is the Director of Jazz Studies at Southern Miss. He said his students will learn a lot by spending some time with Blanchard.

"Technical things that they never understood, just by listening they can observe in watching somebody play and he brings with him a whole slew of wonderful musicians. He's bringing a quintet, a tenor saxophonist, Brice Winston, a pianist a bassist and a drummer and they are all just phenomenal players," said Panella.

Blanchard's work has also been featured in many Spike Lee films. The upcoming USM concert is part of the School of Music's Connoisseur Series.

If you would like tickets to the Terence Blanchard Quintet concert, just call the Southern Miss ticket office at 601-266-5418.

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