Variants on a Southern Hymn
by Wayne Pegram

Dr. Wayne Pegram’s formal education consists of the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University, the Masters of Music Education degree in Composition from the University of Tennessee, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition and Conducting from the University of Northern Colorado.

The majority of his teaching career has been spent in Tennessee – Loudon, Franklin, Knoxville, and Murfreesboro). During his nine years as a public school teacher/director of instrumental and vocal groups, all ensembles under his direction received superior ratings at all MENC and TMEA sponsored events. While earning his Masters degree he was Visual Designer and Drill Instructor for the Pride of the Southland Band, as well as director of Varsity band. While earning his Doctorate he directed Jazz ensembles and taught private woodwind lessons.

During the fifteen years that he served as Director of Bands at Tennessee Tech the Marching Band, Jazz Band, and Concert Band were invited to perform for all major regional and national events. The Tech Symphony Bands and Wind Ensembles under his direction were asked to record more than thirty albums for regional, national, and international educational distribution. From 1983 to 2001 Dr. Pegram led and conducted the Tennessee Ambassadors of Music on concert tours of Western Europe.

Dr. Pegram has served as Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education at Tenn Tech since 1983. As a professional composer / arranger he has written functional music for school ensembles and has more than fifty works published by Neil Kjos, C. L. Barnhouse, Hal Leonard, Ludwig, Warner Brothers, Belwin-Mills, and Parker Publishing Companies. He has served more than thirty years on the TMEA Board and is the state representative for Collegiate MENC. Dr. Pegram remains active as a woodwind performer and singer with the Big Band Sound Orchestra, Mastersingers, and St. Michael’s Church Choir.

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Publisher: WPP


Type of Composition: Hymn


Programming Suggestions: Dr. Pegram allows the performers to improvise their own variations and accompaniments based on the hymn tune from Southern Harmony 1835. Excellent learning opportunities for students and lovely hymn and variations for the audience.

Solo instruments: Piece allows for solo opportunities across the band.

Anecdotal notes: Solo parts can be in any section. Based from Southern Harmony hymn. Incorporates all 9 national standards into the piece.