TSU Band celebrates Edward Graves at retirement gala

Last updated on November 21st, 2014 at 01:20 pm

Edward L. Graves

Edward L. Graves

The Tennessee State University Aristocrat of Bands will gather on Friday, June 27, at 7 pm to celebrate the career and legacy of Professor Edward L. Graves who served as Director of Bands for 34 years.

The retirement gala will be held on the campus of Tennessee State University in Kean Hall. In addition to paying tribute to beloved Professor Graves, the launch of the Edward L. Graves Scholarship Endowment will provide scholarships to students participating in the TSU Band for years to come.

There are many ways you can be involved in this momentous occasion. Individual tickets can be purchased for $75 per person. If you are unable to attend, feel free to purchase a ticket for a current Aristocrat band member to attend this event. Table sponsorship packages are available for corporate sponsors or groups that wish to show support. You may also purchase advertisements for the souvenir booklet as indicated on the Ad/Patron Form. If you are unable to attend the gala but would like to wish Professor Graves well, you may submit a 30 second video message as indicated on the Ad/Patron form available from the TSU Band Office.

Entertainment for the evening will be an All-Star Jazz Band conducted by the band’s very own James ‘Dean’ Sexton. If you would like to participate in that endeavor, contact Sexton at <jsexton@tnstate.edu> or 615-963-5354.

Contact Michelle Allen at 615-963-5350 or <mallen@tnstate.edu> if you need additional information about the event, such as an Ad/Patron Form, and/or how to participate.