FOREST performance

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Marching Band Honors Cecil Welch at Alumni Band Weekend

Marching Band alumni will once again join the Yellow Jacket Marching Band for Alumni Band Weekend. During the halftime show at Saturday's football game, the current band and the alumni band will perform Henry Mancini music as a tribute to Cecil Welch (IM '58).

Cecil Welch performs trumpet on the field at Bobby Dodd Stadium

Cecil Welch Celebration Concert

On Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30 PM, join the Georgia Tech Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble I in celebrating the life and legacy of Cecil Welch. 

Cecil Welch joined the Atlanta Pops during his teen years and gained early experience as a freelance trumpeter in Atlanta's emerging musical community. After graduating from Georgia Tech, he pursued a lifelong career as an independent insurance agent, but furthered his skill as a professional musician, joining the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In 1976, after having guest-conducted the ASO, and having heard Welch’s rousing jazz performance of "Peter Gunn," Henry Mancini invited Welch to join him as his lead trumpeter and soloist. Until Mancini's death in 1994, they traveled the world performing with major orchestras such as the London Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic. 

Ballestrino Artist Residency Benefits Students Across Campus

School of Music's most recent artist-in-residence, Laura Ballestrino, gave a masterclass for Georgia Tech pianists, gave lectures to Music Technology students, visited the jazz ensembles, held a solo recital, and performed with the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra (GTSO) as a soloist.

Two students using EarSketch educational software

EarSketch Reaches Milestone One Million Users

Georgia Institute of Technology’s innovative educational platform EarSketch reached a milestone this month—one million users.

The music/coding platform was created at Georgia Tech by School of Music Chair Jason Freeman and Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts Professor Brian Magerko and is designed to teach students to code in Python or JavaScript through music and creative discovery.

The seven Opera America award recipients

Assistant Professor B.E. Boykin Receives Opera America Award

B.E. Boykin is one of seven composers who received awards from Opera America through its Opera Grants for Women Composers program. Finger Lakes Opera will premiere in downtown Rochester, NY by Finger Lakes Opera in August 2024. 

EKG sensor device and oscilloscope used for empathy research

Listening to Heartbeats ‘Boosts’ Empathy

PhD Student Research

Jason Barnes works on a desktop in the Robotic Musicianship Lab

Leading the Change

Robotic Musicianship Lab

Students listen to a Guthman finalist present his instrument on stage

Students Touch the Future of Music

Guthman Competition

Robert Downey Jr on Age of AI

YouTube's "The Age of AI"

Robotic Musicianship Lab

  • Darren Waller Inspired by Music to Manifest His New Life - Music has always been a big part of Darren Waller’s life. During his time as a Georgia Tech football player and student, Waller learned more about his rich family past in jazz through Assistant Professor Chip Crotts' course. Waller is the great-grandson of Thomas “Fats” Waller, a charismatic pianist, prolific composer, and the first Black man to write the score for a Broadway musical. Music runs through his veins, and even now as an NFL player with the Raiders, music continues to be positive and creative outlet for him.

  • FOREST - FOREST is the performative outcome of an NSF-funded project aimed at enhancing trust between humans and robots through sound and gesture. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology found that embedding emotion-driven sounds and gestures in robotic arms helps to establish trust and likability between humans and their AI counterparts. Read more here.
  • Music Heals the Heart - Music and the heart are intertwined. Musical works are influenced by arrhythmias, music listening induces physiological changes, performing music affects heartbeat patterns, and hearing heartbeats elicits empathy. Dr. Grace Leslie, director of the Brain Music Lab, co-authored an article published in Scientific American detailing the connection between music and an individual's cognitive and cardiac states.

  • Listen to Five of the World’s Newest, Wildest Instruments - The New York Times highlights five of the 2021 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition finalists in an article that focuses on invention and musical motivation. Get music critic Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim's take on our competitors' inventions.

  • LatinX Computer Science Students Focus of New Research - Georgia Tech and the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras recently received a $2.9 million grant to design an informal learning computer science curriculum and broaden access to STEM education for LatinX students.


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