Pine Bluff Arkansas Music
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is a historically black college and university in PineBluff, Arkansas, USA. Founded in 1873, the university is one of the oldest public universities in the state and the second oldest in Arkansas. It is nominally a "historically black" college, but today UA Pinebluff is more of a public university with an emphasis on education, research and education for all students.
The Arkansas River Blues Society (ARBS), based in Little Rock and Pulaski County, began its music program in the early 1990s. The goal was to shift attention from its better-known neighbors in country music to Arkansas, but two years later, Arkansas awkwardly concluded that its pool of country music talent may not be deep enough to sustain such an attraction. Arkansas Pine Bluff sports teams compete in NCAA Division I and all compete within the Southwestern Athletics Conference (SWAC). The University of Arkansas basketball team at PineBluff and the women's basketball team participated in the 1998 conference, as did the UAPB football team, the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Some of this could be linked to Memphis' heritage as a music city, but the city's current talent is giving it a new prestige in the 21st century. Born and raised in one of Arkansas' most famous musical exports, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, country music legend Johnny Cash was born and raised in PineBluff. Growing up mainly in Osceola, his father was the son of country music legend Johnny Cash, who lived in Dyess, not far from Oscola.
His parents, who owned a music store called Raley's House of Music in Pine Bluff, included him on bass in the group. In 1942 he joined Jay McShann and the band and sang in local bands in Arkansas and Texas. Hendrix approached the trio to form a new band with him, and they agreed. The newly formed band went to Rick's Armory in Little Rock to hear a rockabilly performer named Johnny Tolleson.
In his early thirties, he had completed his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock and was still living in Little Rock. After dropping out during the Depression, he attended what was then Arkansas State University in Fort Smith, Arkansas, for a year and a half.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff awarded nine bachelor's degrees in music in the 2018-2019 academic year. The following table and chart show the number of students who have recently completed a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Arkansas at PineBluff. Take a look at the following statistics, which refer to the number of bachelor's degrees at each of the four universities in Arkansas, Arkansas State University in Fort Smith.
Musician Mike Utley was born in Blytheville and graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in zoology. He is from Foreman, Arkansas, attended public schools and earned his bachelor of music education from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. After leaving school, he studied in Arkansas State, where he formed his first band, the Hawks, which toured through Arkansas and Oklahoma and Missouri. He played with his band for five more years, until his death in 2010 at the age of 35.
The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism turned over the attraction to the Pine Bluff Advertising and Promotion Commission, essentially dragging the state into the entertainment industry - the - of fame.
In 1952, Harold Strong was hired as band director and built the program that is now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The Playboys first appeared at the Arkansas State Fair in 1953, the last time we saw them in that state. He is a board member of the Music Educators Journal and treasurer of the Arkansas Music Teachers Association.
He was also known for his conducting, leading the Arkansas All-State Band in 1962 and was the third conductor of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra from 1970 to 1973. He has written or recorded more than 1,000 songs, some of which were recorded and written for the earliest known recordings. The songs he wrote range from classical to folk to rock "n" roll, and he is the author of several books on the history of music and music education in Arkansas.
In 1964, the ensembles of Pine Bluff High School were invited to perform at the Arkansas State Fair in Little Rock, Arkansas for the first time. The event took place at the Oakland Park Tavern in PineBluff and lasted one hour and seventeen minutes. In 1966 Lockwood and Williamson teamed up to host the now legendary King Biscuit Hour on KFFA radio.
The Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame was founded in 1985, and Robbins won the Arkansas State Fair Music Award for the state's best singer / songwriter.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is a historically black institution founded in 1873 as a teacher training school to prepare teachers for black schools separated from the state. In 1873, the Reconstruction-era legislature approved the college as a branch of Normal College and opened it in 1875 with Joseph Carter Corbin as its director.