Delta State to host marker unveiling in honor of Capps, public invited

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Charlie Capps, Jr. poses in front of tree dedicated in his honor in 2003. This Friday, members of the American Legion, National Guard and VFW will unveil a marker for that tree on the campus of Delta State University. The ceremony is open to the public and will begin at 10 a.m.

Delta State University will play host to a special ceremony Friday, July 27 at 10 a.m. on the quadrangle of the campus, as members of the National Guard, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Legion honor long-time Mississippi legislator, Charlie Capps, Jr.

The group will unveil a marker for the tree dedicated to Representative Capps in July 2003.
Capps, whose legislative career spanned four decades, retired from the Legislature in 2005. He was elected in 1971 and served as chair of the House Appropriations Committee for 16 years (1988-2003). A former sheriff, Capps also chaired the House Constitution Committee.
Delta State President, Dr. John M. Hilpert, commented at “Charlie Capps Day” in 2005, “Delta State has had no greater friend in the House of Representativethan Charlie Capps. A true ‘Statesman,’ Mr. Capps always had the best interest of this University and the Mississippi Delta in mind.”
The ceremony is free and open to public. For more information, please call University Relations at (662) 846-4675.

Delta State to host Express Registration

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Delta State will host an "Express Registration," Thursday, July 26 inside Kent Wyatt Hall. Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. with the day concluding at 4 p.m. Advisors will be on-site to aid students in course selection. For more information, please contact Admissions & Recruiting at 846-4020.

Delta Music Institute summer camp showcase set for Saturday

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1st Row L to R: Mary Mac Drake, Sarah Ann Boddie, Neal Ann Parker 2nd Row L to R: Andrew Geraci, Clarke Carter, Madison Dixon, Cody Roth, Matthew McCain. 3rd Row L to R: Galen Reeves-Darby, Perry Hammett, Aaron Sassenrath-Cole, Jonathan Upp, Michael Mattox, Steve Stringer, Martin Powell, Steven Ross. 

Students attending the Delta Music Institute Summer Camp on the campus of Delta State University will be showcasing their musical talents in a concert at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Saturday, July 21, at 7 p.m.

The concert, which will feature familiar hits from the ‘60s and ‘70s, along with original songs written by the campers, is free and open to the public.

Fifteen campers from around the state have spent the week learning the ins and outs of commercial music in three different areas of instruction. Students attending the camp have studied audio engineering, performance band, or a singer/songwriter track in an interactive setting with the culmination being the live concert along with a studio recording.

The DMI Summer Camp performance band is under the direction of studio drummer/producer Vince Barranco, assisted by DMI instructor Barry Bays. Nashville recording studio owner/engineer Vaughn Skow has overseen the recording project, assisted by DMI faculty member Mark Snyder, and DMI Director Tricia Walker has offered direction to the singer/songwriter students. Grammy award winning artist Linda Davis offered stage performance coaching to the aspiring musical artists.

This is the inaugural year of the DMI Summer Camp and it is the newest addition to the Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute program.

The Delta Music Institute is a first step towards a broad program in Media Arts Production. It began with a generous donation by Fred Carl of the Viking Range Company in 2003. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, business, and creative areas of the music industry.

Grammy winner Linda Davis joins DMI Summer Camp faculty

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Grammy award winning artist Linda Davis will be joining the faculty of the upcoming Delta Music Institute (DMI) Summer Camp on the campus of Delta State University, Sunday, July 15 through Saturday, July 21.

A Grammy and CMA award winning vocalist for her hit duet with Reba McEntire, “Does He Love You?” Davis has seven studio CDs and 14 videos to her credit. In addition to maintaining a regular touring schedule, she has developed “Song/Performance 101,” offering performance coaching to aspiring young artists. She will be working with DMI summer campers to hone their stage skills.
DMI Summer Camp faculty will also include Vaughn Skow, who will be directing the audio engineering track of the camp. Skow has won Emmy awards for his work in audio for television for the “Live at the Bluebird Café” series on Turner Broadcasting. He owns and operates Sunset Trail Studios in Nashville, Tenn., and has worked with clients such as Tracy Lawrence, Marie Osmond and Tom T. Hall.
Also instructing within the audio track will be Dr. Mark Snyder. Snyder is a composer who has written over 100 musical pieces for various ensembles, film and multi-media projects, and has released his music on nine independent recordings.
Directing the camp’s instrumental performance band will be Mississippi native Vince Barranco. Barranco has been a professional studio drummer, musician, songwriter and singer for over 25 years, having spent career time in New York and Nashville. He recently served as Music Director for the Peavey Awards and the Southern Governor’s Conference.
DMI instructor Barry Bays will be working with camp band members offering instruction in bass and guitar as well as musicianship. Bays directs the DMI Ol’ Skool Revue ensemble which plays the hits from R&B, Soul, Funk and the Blues.
DMI Director Tricia Walker will be leading the singer/songwriter track of the DMI Summer Camp. Walker spent over 25 years in Nashville as a writer, performer, producer, and publisher before returning to Delta State last summer to head the DMI program.
The DMI Summer Camp will explore three exciting music career tracks to encourage talented young musicians to follow their passion. Workshops, lectures and hands-on instruction will help encourage musical creativity in a residential camp setting.
The week-long camp offers unique tracks specifically tailored for singer/songwriters, instrumentalists and audio engineers. Fifteen campers from across the state auditioned and were accepted into this year’s inaugural camp.
The camp will culminate with a free live performance on Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.min the Bologna Performing Arts Center on the campus. The public is invited to attend and show support for these young musicians. For more information, please contact the DMI office at (662) 846-5270.