2019 was a SUCCESS!

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Guest Clinicians

Dr. Shelby Chipman
Florida A&M University
Guest Conductor

Dr. Chad Hughes
Morehouse College 
Guest Conductor 

Roderick Little
Jackson State University  
Guest Conductor 

Roderick Little is currently serving as Marching Band Director at Jackson State University.  He received his Bachelors and Masters in Music Education from Jackson State University.  A native of Jackson MS, he graduated from Lanier High School.  Upon graduating from high school, he went on to J.S.U. where he participated in the University Bands, including the famous “Sonic Boom of the South.”  He also performed in the University’s Symphony Orchestra.   During his tenure in the Sonic Boom he played in the percussion section as a snare drummer, served as a part of the Jackson five drummajor squad, a student arranger and he also served as a student conductor of the Symphonic Band.   After receiving his undergraduate degree from J.S.U., he went to his alma mater, Lanier High School, where he served as Director of Bands for four years.
Mr. Little is also an accomplished conductor, clinician, arranger and instrumentalist.  He has arranged for numerous high schools, colleges, chamber groups, jazz ensembles and church conventions.  He has also scored piano music for F & S Music KC Publishing Company, which was founded by Lannie Spann McBride (previously instructor of music at J.S.U. and revered church motivator/musician). His professional affiliations are The National Association for Music Education (NAFME), Percussive Art Society (PAS), Mississippi Association of Education (MAE), Mississippi Band Masters Association (MBA) and HBCU National Band Directors Consortium (HBCU-NBDC).

Shelby Rawn Chipman, Ph.D. is a professor of music at Florida A&M University (FAMU).  His responsibilities in the Department of Music include teaching Instrumental Music Education, Conducting, and assisting with coordinating student recitals and student teachers. Additionally, he serves as director of the Marching  & Pep Bands, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and String Ensemble.
​He currently serves as the Collegiate Advisor of Florida National Association for Music Education (NAfME) of the Florida Music Education Association, the Southern Division: NAfME Advisor of thirteen states and is an active adjudicator and clinician throughout the Southeastern United States and currently serves as music director/conductor of the Tallahassee Big Bend Community Orchestra, as well as the Florida collegiate advisor for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Under his direction, wind symphony has performed at the Florida Music Educators Association Conference in Tampa, Florida, Carnegie Hall, New York City, and has been invited to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Dr. Chad E. Hughes, Director of Bands at Morehouse College, was born in Detroit, Michigan, graduating from Cass Technical High School.  He studied composition under James Aikman, Erik Santos, Bright Sheng, Curtis Curtis-Smith, Dinos Constantinides, Craig Weston, and Pulitzer-Prize winning composer William Bolcom.  His compositions and arrangements have been premiered and performed by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and the Indianapolis Pops Symphony as well as by ensembles at Morehouse College, Graceland University, University of Memphis, University of Michigan, Alcorn State University, Bowling Green State University, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Clark Atlanta University, Baker University, and Montana State University. Dr. Hughes has been commissioned by Weston Sprott, Acting Principal Trombonist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Demondrae Thurman, Associate Professor of Low Brass at Samford University, Everett Martin of Prince Georges County Public Schools, and Kenneth Thompkins, Principal Trombonist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  As an adjudicator and clinician, Hughes has been active in the state of Michigan, Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Kansas.


Clinicians will have diverse backgrounds and experience from Historically Black College and Universities such as
Alabama A & M University, Tennessee State University, Jackson State University, South Carolina State University, Clark Atlanta University, Prarie View A&M University, Bethune Cookman University, Southern University, North Carolina A & T and Florida A&M University to name a few.