Jazz ensemble plays at Ferst under the direction of Chip Crotts

Georgia Tech School of Music Presents:
GT Jazz Ensembles Featuring Guest Artist, Melvin Jones

Georgia Tech School of Music Presents: GT Jazz Ensembles Featuring Guest Artist, Melvin Jones

Thursday, November 18, 2021
Ferst Center for the Arts

Cameron "Chip" Crotts, Director of the Georgia Tech Jazz Program

Mace Hibbard, Jazz Ensemble Director


Hibbard Jazz Ensemble

Bali Bali Buck Dance

Bill Holman

Do Nothin Till You Hear From Me

Arr. Ed Gaston

God Bless The Child

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Arr. Melvin Jones

How About You?

Burton Lane and Ralph Freed
Arr. Dave Wolpe
Mr. Funk Bob Mintzer


Crotts Jazz Ensemble

At Long Last Love

Cole Porter
Arr. Billy Byers 

Basically Blues

Phil Wilson

Firm Roots

Cedar Walton
Arr. Melvin Jones

Lullaby of Birdland

George Shearing 
Arr. Anonymous
Cedar Walton
Arr. Melvin Jones

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Headshot of guest artist, Melvin Jones

Guest Artist: Melvin Jones

Memphis native Melvin Jones has been a force on multiple fronts of the music scene for nearly two decades. This award-winning Trumpeter, Composer, and Educator burst onto the scene having already earned his first Grammy Award while attending Morehouse College in Atlanta. Afterwards he received top academic honors while earning his Master’s Degree under the intensive instruction of the late trumpet impresario, William “Prof" Fielder. After completing his formal studies, Melvin went on to serve as a Collegiate Head Band Director and sought-after Masterclass Clinician on the international stage.

His trumpet prowess and arranging work can be heard on nearly 200 recordings across various genres, most recently as a sideman on award- winning Caribbean Jazz Artists Dion Parson and 21st Century Band’s latest release, “Live at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola: Vol 3” (2019) recorded live at Lincoln Center in New York City. Jones can also be seen and heard on multiple television programs, movies, and nationally syndicated award shows most recently in the House Band for programs such as the BET Awards, Soul Train Awards, Stellar Awards, etc. Having completed an extensive two-year tour with entertainment mogul, Tyler Perry on his “Madea's Farewell Tour” Production, Melvin returned to writing genre- bending music for his highly anticipated sophomore album, a follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut, “Pivot" on Turnaround Records. Most notably, Jones has remained rigorously engaged throughout the pandemic as a Horn Arranger, Horn Contractor, and Horn Recording Engineer for various programs, most recently on the Star Spangled Banner for Super Bowl LV and the 2021 NBA All-Star Games.

Currently Jones serves on faculty at Morehouse College, as Artist in Residence for the US Virgin Islands Department of Education, as Musical Director for the Caribbean Music Institute, and as Musical Director of the Black Gold Orchestra founded by Larry Wilson.

Former and Present Memberships and Appointments:

Governor's Board (Atlanta Chapter, Grammy Foundation), Atlanta Arts Council, NARAS, BMI, GMEA, GAJE, AAJC, NANM, NCBD, IAJE, Board of Directors for Atlanta Jazz Society, Georgia Council of the Arts, Fulton County Council(s) of the Arts.

Melvin is an Endorsing Artist of:

Bach Trumpets, Denis Wick Mouthpieces, Reunion Blues Gig Bags and Cases, Empire Ears, and Hercules Stands.

Hibbard Jazz Ensemble Members


Malick Abban    
Tyrell Snagg Biomedical Engineering Conyers, GA
Nicole Woo Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Buffalo Grove, IL
Mil Samardzic Physics South Portland, ME
Harmon Austin Computer Science Marietta, GA
Nathaniel Wert Computer Science Reading, PA
Barry Walker Computer Engineering Fair Lawn, NJ


Christopher Fitzpatrick Computer Engineering Roswell, GA
Conor Lenahan Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Morristown, NJ
Scott Washburn Mathematics Georgetown, TX
Fiona Hou Music Technology Nanjing, China
Jackson Fuller Engineering Atlanta, GA
Kaylee Lukasek Biomedical Engineering Mendon, MA


Jimmy Kemerait Physics Tifton, GA
Cooper Martin Industrial Engineering Macon, GA
Emma King Earth and Atmosphere Sciences Evans, GA
Sharay Gao Computer Science Gainesville, GA


Daniella Ruzinov Computer Engineering Fair Lawn, NJ
Jonathan Luo Computer Science Shenzhen, China
Alejandro Martinez Physics Dacula, GA


Andrew Wang Electrical Engineering Commack, NY
Waid Dunlop Mechanical Engineering Atlanta, GA


Alec Burge Music Technology Roswell, GA
Lawrence McCourt Biomedical Engineering Long Island, NY


John Gordy Music Technology Hartwell, GA
Steve George Biomedical Engineering Long Island, NY


Erin Kistenberg Biology Chamblee, GA

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Crotts Jazz Ensemble Members


Michael Farren Computer Engineering Sudbury, MA
Tristan Terry Electrical Engineering Savannah, GA
Thomas Grady PhD in Computational Science and Engineering McLean, VA
Mark Mossien Computer Science Glastonbury, CT
Joseph Deloach Chemical Engineering Douglas, GA


Matt Harris Biology Carrollton, GA
Arianna Mastali Computer Engineering Celebration, FL
Steven Aceto Masters in City & Regional Planning Dacula, GA
Aaron Hunt Chemical Engineering Savannah, GA
Jonathan DeLozier Aerospace Engineering McDonough, GA


Alec Albrecht Aerospace Engineering Urbandale, IA
Jeremy Chen Electrical Engineering Dayton, NJ
Cole Tinsley Computer Science Alpharetta, GA
Joshua Cohen Civil Engineering Lake City, FL
Sam Missner Music Technology Roswell, GA


Joshua Rubin Electrical Engineering Norfolk, VA


Zach Shah Biomedical Engineering San Jose, CA
Gautham Gorti Physics Madison, AL


Andreas Paljug Computer Science Pittsburgh, PA
Joshua Stephens Chemical Engineering Thomasville, GA


Kevin Sadi Computer Science Cumming, GA


Alex Soong Computer Science Bellevue, WA

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