DMI students to perform at GRAMMY museum event
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The DMI All-Stars band, made up of students from Delta State University's Delta Music Institute, will be performing on Mississippi Night at the GRAMMY® Museum in Los Angeles on Feb. 7. Band members are (from left) Amber Foster of Belzoni, Bradley Davis of Oxford, Travis Calvin of Clarksdale, Anthony Tarullo of Louisville, Ky., Charles Ross of Indianola and Horace Willis of Arcola.
The DMI All-Stars band, made up of students from Delta State University's Delta Music Institute, will be performing on Mississippi Night at the GRAMMY® Museum in Los Angeles on Feb. 7. Band members are (from left) Amber Foster of Belzoni, Bradley Davis of Oxford, Travis Calvin of Clarksdale, Anthony Tarullo of Louisville, Ky., Charles Ross of Indianola and Horace Willis of Arcola.
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The anticipation of the GRAMMY® Museum Mississippi in Cleveland is running high as many locals await the plentiful opportunities it will bring.

But opportunity has already struck six Delta State University students who are part of the Delta Music Institute.

These students make up the DMI All-Stars band and will proudly represent the Magnolia State on Feb. 7 at the original museum in Los Angeles for GRAMMY Week.

The band will put on a performance at the museum for dignitaries and special guests during the third-annual Mississippi Night — to honor the history and culture associated with the birthplace of American music.

Following their performance, the band will attend a concert featuring Mississippi legends Steve Forbert and the North Mississippi Allstars.

"This is a statement that Mississippi is coming," said DMI All-Star Bradley Davis. "We have a lot to offer. People from all over the world come visit the Delta because of our musical history here."

Davis will be joined by band members Amber Foster, Horace Willis, Anthony Tarullo, Travis Calvin and Charles Ross.

"This came as a great surprise," said Tarullo. "It's a great honor and definitely the biggest gig in my musical career — I never dreamed I'd be playing at the GRAMMY museum."

The Cleveland Music Foundation, Inc. and president Lucy Janoush invited the band to the big stage.

The CMF, which is in charge of organizing the event's schedule, believed the students were a worthy selection.

"This is what the DMI program is all about — providing opportunities for its students," said Janoush. "This will give them a chance to see the sights and stars and showcase their talent. I'm very excited."

DMI Director Tricia Walker agreed that the committed musicians deserve a moment to shine.

"It's a feather in our cap (DMI), but it's even better for the students," said Walker. "This will generate opportunities for the next generation of music professionals.

"These guys will get the chance to network and socialize with people from out there and from all over."

Calvin added that the new museum, which will be housed on DSU property, would be a big draw for future DMI students.

"I'm excited for what this means for the DMI," said Calvin. "Sometimes people underestimate us because we're a small program, but this shows great opportunities can come out of small programs."

The CMF Board of Directors, county supervisors and representatives from the city and Delta State University will also travel to Los Angeles for Mississippi Night, as they have the previous two years.

Band directors and DMI faculty Barry Bays and Charlie Abraham will be of guidance on the trip.

"This will put the band in a situation to do one of the coolest things they might ever do," said Bays. "Not only will they be playing in L.A. but they'll be playing at an event associated with the GRAMMYS."

"Getting our students on a worldwide stage is a big deal," added Abraham. "Los Angeles is very special to the music industry — it's the Mecca."

An official groundbreaking ceremony for the new museum has yet to be scheduled, but Janoush said a date should be determined soon.

The 20,000 plus square foot GRAMMY® Museum Mississippi will be dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of music and the cultural context from which it emerges.