After graduation I enrolled at Lee University as a Telecommunications major though I was heavily involved with music throughout my time at Lee. I was in three ensembles my first semester - Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble! While at Lee I was able to travel around the United States and take several trips overseas with the Symphonic Band. Those experiences strengthened me musically, spiritually and significantly broadened my worldview. To date I've been to nearly twenty countries and four continents! A large part of my Lee experience was also my fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha. It's a social fraternity focused on using music to make the world a better place. The camaraderie and professional networking I gained through Phi Mu Alpha was and continues to be a tremendous asset to my life.
In 2010 I was fortunate to compete with my best friend and fellow Walker Valley Band alumnus Shaun Sneed in the finals round of the International Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Contest in Philadelphia, PA. Our quartet took first place in the Southeast Region (known as the Dixie District) earlier that year which allowed us to advance to the finals round in Philly in the summer. We sang with two of our friends from Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Interesting side note - all four of us were primarily instrumentalists!
As a student at Lee and for a few years after completing my degree I was employed with the Church of God International Offices as a Media Producer/Editor in the Communications Department. I was involved with all aspects of audio/video production for the denomination and was able to travel domestically and internationally on production shoots. Ongoing budget cutbacks led to my layoff in August of 2012 at which point I began freelancing full-time while looking for new opportunities. I moved to Orlando in early January of 2013 to work for NBCUniversal at the Golf Channel - part of the NBC Sports Group. I currently work in Studio Operations as a jib and Steadicam operator for a variety of live and recorded shows across three studios. I love the adrenaline of making television and I get to work with many incredible people!"
From time to time I reflect on my experiences in band. Among the many fond memories I have, something that has really stuck with me is the example Mr. Hunt set for us. While I don't immediately remember a direct quote, I do remember that his words always had a consistent theme: "do the right thing". The integrity he exhibited and his love of music made an impression on my life. It is also significant to me that he started me off playing trumpet in the 6th grade. It was and continues to be a great journey!