Apr. 28, 2020—Blair School of Music’s budding jazz program earned top ranking in the category of Best Blues/Pop/Rock Group for "Commercial Break," a self-titled debut album written and recorded by an ensemble of Vanderbilt undergraduates.
May. 8, 2019—Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music has been recognized by "DownBeat" magazine’s 42nd Annual Student Music Awards. The Blair Big Band was named best undergraduate large jazz ensemble.
Mar. 14, 2017—Blair School of Music senior David Rodgers is graduating with a newly released album of jazz originals he composed, arranged and performed, as well as a spot in the touring band of Grammy Award-winning blues musicians Keb’ Mo’ and Taj Mahal.
Mar. 7, 2017—• The Blair Big Band, directed by Ryan Middagh, director of jazz studies, was invited to play the recent annual conference of the Jazz Education Network, the professional organization for jazz musicians and jazz educators, in New Orleans. The conference features the finest professional and educational jazz musicians and ensembles. To be invited, schools and...
Dec. 21, 2016—The Blair Big Band, directed by Ryan Middagh, has been selected to play at the Jazz Education Network national conference.
May. 13, 2016—Local music industry fuels expansion of program Nashville may be best known for country music, but the moniker “Music City” most accurately reflects the proliferation of stellar musicians in town who play all types of music. At Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, Ryan Middagh, director of the jazz studies program, is taking advantage of Nashville’s place at the center of the...