East Tennessee Symphony Orchestra To Perform At Freedom Festival July 3

Veteran Band Director Joel Denton Named ETSO Pops Conductor

Friday, June 7, 2019
Joel Denton
Joel Denton

East Tennessee Symphony Orchestra is announces retired long-time band director Joel Denton will be the guest conductor during the city of Collegedale's Freedom Festival on July 3. The annual celebration begins at 8 p.m. and will move from its former location at Veterans Park to the Founders Hall at the Collegedale Commons on Swinyar Drive in Collegedale. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Concert times are subject to change. (Visit etsomusic.org for updates.)

“We are excited and honored to take part in this year’s annual Collegedale Freedom Festival,” said Mathew Miller, executive director of the ETSO. “We’re expecting another record crowd. It will be another great, patriotic day for the community to come together with family and friends and celebrate our individual freedoms and all of the other great aspects that are uniquely wonderful about this great nation."

This year, the ETSO has veteran band director Joel Denton as its pops conductor of the orchestra. Mr. Denton served as director of Bands at Ooltewah High School for 37 years. The UTC graduate was most recently recognized as CMA Music Teacher of Excellence in 2018. His accomplishments include leading the OHS Band to national stage during the Macy’s Day Parade in 2007 and 2013, the Disney Christmas Parade in 2011, and the Tournament of Roses Parade in 2017.

Mr. Denton currently serves as the Tennessee State chair for the National Band Association and is a former president of the Tennessee Bandmasters Association. He is a member of several music organizations and has received several honors, including his three-time recognition by the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts.

The retired band director says he looks forward to guest conducting for the July 3 concert, as well as the ETSO’s Christmas concert in fall 2019 (dates and times to be announced).

“The orchestra’s camaraderie and the sense of commitment to community and musical excellence is truly special,” Mr. Denton says. “I am so incredibly honored for the invitation to serve the ETSO.”

He lives in Chattanooga with his wife of 34 years, Kerry, and they have two adult children.

Visit etsomusic.org or follow the ETSO on Facebook for updates, delays and postponements in the event of schedule changes and inclement weather on July 3.



Tivoli Theatre's Summer Film Series Announced

The Dirty Doors: A Tribute To The Doors Is At Songbirds Sept. 7

Smooth Hound Smith Plays Songbirds Aug. 24


The Tivoli Theatre opened as a movie picture palace in 1921, so it’s only fitting that nearly 100 years later the Tivoli Theatre Foundation is announcing a new lineup of the Bobby Stone Film ... (click for more)

The Dirty Doors: A Tribute to The Doors will play at Songbirds on the south stage on Sept. 7 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12-$15 and available here . Review for The Dirty Doors: The Dirty Doors ... (click for more)

Smooth Hound Smith will play at Songbirds on the north stage on Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12-$15 and available here . Review for Smooth Hound Smith: Smooth Hound Smith is a foot stompin' ... (click for more)


Entertainment

Tivoli Theatre's Summer Film Series Announced

The Tivoli Theatre opened as a movie picture palace in 1921, so it’s only fitting that nearly 100 years later the Tivoli Theatre Foundation is announcing a new lineup of the Bobby Stone Film Series in the historic venue. The new lineup, embracing classic films as well as new releases, follows a few different themes that lie at the heart of both the Tivoli Theatre as well as the ... (click for more)

The Dirty Doors: A Tribute To The Doors Is At Songbirds Sept. 7

The Dirty Doors: A Tribute to The Doors will play at Songbirds on the south stage on Sept. 7 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12-$15 and available here . Review for The Dirty Doors: The Dirty Doors – the ultimate celebration of the music of The Doors – set the night on fire with the energy, excitement, and passion of the timeless music of Jim Morrison and The Doors like no other tribute ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Tyler Reid Charged With Attempted Murder Of Step-Brother At Ooltewah Home; Said Shooting Victim "Has A Demon"

Authorities have charged 21-year-old Tyler Reid with shooting his step-brother in the head early Tuesday morning at a home in Ooltewah. John "Dee" Hayes Jr., 24, had injuries that were called life-threatening. Reid was charged with attempted first-degree murder. A deputy said when he arrived at the home in the 9000 block of Heatherloch Lane he found Reid sitting on a couch ... (click for more)

Douglas Holmes, 35, Shot And Killed On Portland Street After Argument Over Fake Money; Jeremy Sutton, 20, Charged

Douglas Holmes, 35, was shot and killed early Monday morning on Portland Street after what police said was an argument over fake money. Jeremy Sutton, 20, has been charged with criminal homicide after police said he admitted to shooting the victim 7-8 times after initially shooting him. At approximately 12:23 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to the 2000 block of Portland ... (click for more)

Opinion

HCDE's Proposed Budget AKA Social Experiment

Calling for a “hope and change” budget, Hamilton County’s Department of Education wants you to pay drastically more in property taxes to fund its hopes of changing our school system to an all-inclusive community and behavioral center. Moreover, HCDE intends to spend over one half billion taxpayer dollars next year, much of which will fund increases in administration and staff rather ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: One Vote In Nashville

Let’s just suppose, if only for the sake of supposing, that when the Hamilton County Commission votes tomorrow on a 34-cent tax increase on top of County Mayor Jim Coppinger’s proposed FY 2020 budget, the vote might end 5-4 against. We’ve just witnessed a full month with lively gnashing of teeth that has centered on the radical difference of opinions, this on what the county’s public ... (click for more)