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Alan Baylock is the new director of the One O'Clock Lab Band

The new director of the One O'Clock Lab Band is Alan Baylock, who currently serves as Chief Arranger for the USAF Airmen of Note and Jazz Composer-in-Residence at Shenandoah University. During the 2015-2016 academic year, while he completes his military service, Baylock will share the duties of director with Jay Saunders. Starting in fall 2016, Baylock will assume the director role full-time. To learn more about Alan Baylock's work, visit www.alanbaylock.com.

Ben Herzick hired at SoundExchange

Recent UNT jazz studies master's alumnus Ben Herzick has a new job at SoundExchange. Ben reports:

Among other things, my role as a licensing and enforcement analyst will be to help new licensees (webcasters) through the licensing process. I will also research unlicensed webcasters and educate them on their responsibility to pay royalties to artists and sound recording owners either through the statutory license (the blanket license administered by SoundExchange) or through individual agreements with the artists and copyright holders of all the music they stream.
A simple way to explain the essence of SoundExchange's role is "Pandora pays SoundExchange, SoundExchange pays the artists and record labels."

SoundExchange's "about" page: http://www.soundexchange.com/about/

The database artists can search to determine if they have unpaid royalties waiting for them: http://www.soundexchange.com/artist-copyright-owner/does-soundexchange-have-royalties-for-you/search-for-artist/

Aric Schneller awarded tenure and promotion

UNT alumnus Aric Schneller recently was awarded tenure with promotion to Associate Professor at Sam Houston State University where he is currently the Director of Jazz Studies. In addition, Aric is also the creator and coordinator of the annual SHSU Bill Watrous Jazz Festival, which just celebrated its fifth year. The SHSU Jazz Ensemble under Aric's direction was chosen from a highly competitive, international pool of submissions as one of only two college jazz ensembles to perform at the 68th Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago this last December 17, 2014. A new jazz arranger and composer for Alfred Music/Belwin Jazz, Aric's large jazz ensemble arrangement of "What Is This Thing Called Love?" was chosen by J.W. Pepper's Editor's Choice for 2015. In August of 2014, Aric graduated with his DMA in Trombone Performance from UNT. His major professor was the late Dr. Vern Kagarice.

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