‘Blue Machine’ musician

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 10, 2001

selected for European tour

Special to The Messenger

Tori Lynn Jones, first chair solo flutist in the Charles Henderson High School "Blue Machine" Bank has been accepted for membership in the United States Collegiate Wind Band.

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This highly-selective national honors band will make a three-week concert tour of Europe this month.

Jones received her invitation to perform with the U.S. Collegiate Wind Band from Dr. Al G. Wright, director emeritus of Purdue University, based on her outstanding musical efforts in the CHHS "Blue Machine," including marching and concert ensembles, the Alabama Bandmasters All-State Band Festival and solo and ensemble awards.

"Tori’s musical achievements have been numerous to include the highly prestigious John Phillip Sousa Award this past May," said Michael Thomas, director of the "Blue Machine." "To understand Tori’s inclusion into this nationally-significant group one only needs to hear her in performance. She is an outstanding musician from a very musical family."

Her parents, Charlie and Tamara Jones, as well as her brother, Christopher, are all musicians.

"In addition to her musical studies within the Charles Henderson Band Program, Tori has spent considerable time and effort studying flute performance with Mrs. Carol Franks at Troy State University," Thomas said.

"As one of our graduating CHHS seniors, she will be performing with the TSU Sound of the South next fall. Of course, all of this work is providing Tori with opportunities for new challenges and higher goals."

The U.S. Collegiate Wind Band will perform a series of concerts that will include appearances in France, England, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Holland.

Membership in this highly talented 80-piece ensemble is an important musical honor and Jones has the further distinction of being the only representative from Alabama.

Jones is definitely looking forward to the experience.

"I am so excited every time I stop to think of all the things I will surely experience and that I have an opportunity to offer my musical skills in return," Jones said. "I am indeed fortunate and grateful to all the many individuals, teachers and organizations that have helped and supported me."