March 19, 2013 (Jackson) - Members of the Jackson community will combine their musical talents with musicians from Belhaven’s Music Department for a collaborative concert on March 23,2013. This free concert in Belhaven’s Concert Hall starts at 7:30 p.m. and will include the Jackson Community Symphonic Band and Belhaven’s Jazz and Percussion Ensemble.

Dr. Paxton Girtmon, Associate Professor of Music and Music Education Chair at Belhaven University and Mr. Owen Rockwell, Instructor of Music and Assistant Band Director at Jackson State University, will conduct the ensembles.

Dr. Girtmon said, “This will be an excellent opportunity to enjoy music from nearly all genres; classical, jazz, contemporary, and percussion. The audience will experience the excitement of music and sound through a full range of instrumental tones, color, and energy.“


Belhaven University stands among select Christian colleges and universities and has been repeatedly named one of “America’s 100 Best College Buys." The University offers 30 academic majors across a full spectrum of disciplines as well as a variety of graduate programs. In addition, Belhaven has achieved the distinction of being among only 30 universities nationally accredited in each of the major arts – music, theatre, visual art and dance. All programs are taught from a Christian worldview perspective and are guided by the mission to prepare students academically and spiritually to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas.

Belhaven University serves over 3,700 students offering undergraduate and graduate degrees on its residential campus, an online degree program, and graduate and adult degree programs in Jackson, Memphis, Orlando, Houston, Chattanooga, and Atlanta.