Rhodes’ Miner 49ers Featured in GRAMMY U College Showcase
Publication Date: 12/6/2012
The GRAMMY’s television special last night announced award nominees, but recently on the Rhodes campus, GRAMMY U showcased the jazz sounds of Rhodes’ Miner 49ers in the McCallum Ballroom.
GRAMMY U is a program through The Recording Academy—producer of the GRAMMY Awards—that provides opportunities for college students pursuing a career in the music industry. Rhodes hosted the Mid-South GRAMMY U college showcase, which also featured bands from The University of Memphis, Loyola University New Orleans, Delta State, and Visible Music College.
Each band performed a 20-minute set for an audience of students, fans, and music talent scouts. “The showcase was simply phenomenal,” says Rhodes student and pianist Emmanuel John-Teye. “I truly enjoyed the potpourri of musical styles performed.”
The Miner 49ers, which plays soul, blues and rock music, includes John-Teye as well as drummer Michael Todd, bassist Alex Piazza, guitarist Jeff Warren, saxophonist Alex Wilkerson, and vocalists Connor Cain and Rue Tsoka.
“Having the chance to perform and be surrounded with such talented musicians is always a great experience,” says Wilkerson. “Music truly does bring people together, and we thank GRAMMY U for the opportunity.”
(information compiled by Rhodes Student Associate Caroline Ponseti ’15)