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Longtime music man gets roasted at ATC


Dr. T. Marshall Jones, Retired Chair/Professor, Music and Fine Arts, at Albany State will be "roasted" Friday evening at 7:00 in the Kirkland Conference Center, with a Silent Auction beginning at 6pm in the atrium of the Kirkland Conference Center.

 "Roasters" include: Clift E. Felton, retired educator and administrator, Terrell County School System; Patsy Martin, Realtor, Coldwell Banker/Walden and Kirkland Realtors; Dr. James L. Hill, Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Mass Communications, Albany State University; Dr. Leroy E. Bynum, Jr., Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, and Professor of Voice and Opera, Albany State University; and Dr. Anthony O. Parker, President of Albany Technical College.

For five decades, Dr. Jones has been synonymous with music in the Albany area, especially with Albany State. He was employed for 33 years at Albany State University, where he served as Director of Bands, Chairman of the Music Department and Professor and Chairman of the Fine Arts Department until his retirement in June of 1996.

Dr. Jones served as an Adjunct Professor of Music at the University and recently retired (for the second time) on May 1, 2010 – rendering a total of 47 years to the University.

Dr. Jones, a native of Orange,Virginia and received his formal education in the public schools of Orange County, Virginia. He graduated from George Washington Carver High School in Rapidan, Virginia. He holds a bachelor's degree in Instrumental Music from Virginia State University (Petersburg); a M. Mus. Degree from the University of Michigan School of Music (Ann Arbor), and earned a Doctorate of Music Education Degree from the University of Oklahoma School of Music at Norman.

 He also served two years in the Adjutant General Corps, Special Services, of the United States Army. Dr. Jones served as Band Director at the Lapeer State Training School – Lapeer, Michigan, before assuming the position of Director of Bands at Albany State University (College) in 1963.

Over a period of six years, he built the band from about 32 members to 125+ before taking a leave of absence to pursue a doctorate degree at the University of Oklahoma.

As Founder and Performer with the ASU Jazz Quartet, Dr. Jones has presented Lectures/Concerts all over the State, and toured with the "First Georgia Festival of the Arts in Italy" during 1977.

All proceeds from the Roast will go to benefit Albany Tech students in need of financial assistance through the Albany Tech Foundation.


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