February 3, 2012 (Jackson) - The Belhaven Music Department invited Jackson Public School’s best middle and high school instrumentalists to perform in the 2012 JPS All-City Honors Band Concert, happening on February 16 at 7:00 P.M. at Belhaven’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

Brian Jefferson, Murrah High School’s Band Director, said, “We have around 200 representatives from just about all of the high schools and middle schools in JPS. This concert is a great opportunity to hear classical, symphonic music from the best of the best in Jackson."

Band students will converge two days before to practice for the February 16th performance. Students from Murrah, Peoples and Bailey to Provine, Callaway Chastain, and Forest Hill are given the challenge and task of learning music within this short time. This is also the only time when these JPS students, who know each other as a “band community,” can come together and perform.

Dr. Paxton M. Girtmon, Belhaven’s Director of Bands, Associate Professor of Music and Music Education Chair, said, "What a wonderful way to spend a Thursday evening, listening to the musical talents of Jackson finest. It promises to be an exciting and fun-packed evening. Come out and support these young musicians."

This event is free to the public and the doors open at 6:30 P.M.

Belhaven stands among the select Christian colleges and universities that offer a unique general core curriculum encouraging the development of a personal worldview. The university believes a Christian worldview is a key to preparing men and women academically and spiritually to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas.

Founded in 1883, Belhaven University now serves over 3,000 students from campuses in Jackson, Memphis, Orlando, Houston, Chattanooga, Atlanta and online, offering traditional undergraduate degrees, graduate and adult degree programs, and online degree programs.