Melany Peterson, a beautiful, humble, southern spirit in song and mind, says, “Singing is what I do and just let me do my ‘thang’.” Vocalist Melany Peterson grew up listening to Roberta Flack, Dionne Warwick, Jerry Butler, Isaac Hayes, and Aretha Franklin. At the age of 12, Melany’s fledgling interest in singing took flight inside her hometown church in Charleston, SC where she would often be caught alone playing the piano and singing her favorite tunes. Melany’s singing took off, professionally, in 1982 with the Charleston Actors Theatre Society. First sharing her gift of song at the Garden Theatre in Charleston, SC., she then made a name for herself singing with the band Sea Breeze and by joining a gospel group, “Voices of Deliverance” which performed traditional spirituals and psalms.
Today, this “Song Bird of the South” is the key vocalist of the Mel Peterson Collective, The Mel and Dre' Show, Blush and The Mel Peterson Gospel Ensemble which performs a fusion of Contemporary-pop, Jazz standards, Gospel, and R & B classics. You can catch her performing at Swiftwater Cellars in Cle Elum and Sigillo Cellars in Lake Chelan and Snoqualmie. Also, various wineries all over the Kittitas and Yakima Valleys, including Benton County. If you’re lucky, she may be playing a private party you’re attending. Making Ellensburg her new home for the past 12 years, Mel has gathered Ellensburg musical talent to strike the heart of those who love music.
Dr. T. André Feagin serves as Director of Bands in the Department of Music at Central Washington University. In this position, he guides the educational and artistic vision of the band area and serves as administrator of the band program that includes the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, Wildcat Marching Band, and Basketball Band. In addition, Dr. Feagin guides the graduate wind band conducting program and serves as the conductor of the Wind Ensemble, the preeminent wind band at CWU. He serves as a member of the Leadership Cohort within the College of Arts and Humanities as well as a member of the diversity and inclusivity committee for the college. Within the department of music, he serves as a member of the music education and scholarship/recruitment committees. In addition, he serves as co-chair of the P.A.C.T. committee, a group tasked with collaborating with faculty and students in the creation and dissemination of standards for climate excellence. Under his direction, the CWU Wind Ensemble has been invited as a featured ensemble at the 2022 CBDNA Western/Northwestern Division Conference.
Prior to his appointment at CWU, he served on the faculties of Colorado State University, Coastal Carolina University (SC), and the University of Texas at El Paso. For more information https://www.tandrefeagin.com
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