ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Anthony Shelton has profound experience in the music world. His experience has ranged from performing with the world-renowned ensembles of Texas Southern University and Southern University and A&M College to founding a successful nonprofit.
Mr. Shelton's post secondary education began with a 36-week formal intensive music training at the Department of the Navy School of Music. He graduated with honors and received certification that is equivalent to a music performance degree from the Berkeley School of Music. In 2014 Mr. Shelton earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Composition with an emphasis in Music Technology and Jazz Studies from Georgia Southern University; he also graduated Cum Laude. He earned his Double Masters of Music Degree in Composition and Instrumental Conducting from Georgia Southern University in the fall of 2017.
Mr. Shelton is the first African-American musician to perform with the Louisiana Youth Orchestra and 1 of 3 trumpeters selected in the entire state. After high school he went on to perform in Texas Southern University's marching band and choir. He progressed into a decorated 25 year performance career in the United States military which includes: United States Marine Corps Bands, Mississippi’s 41st Army National Guard Band, 434th Signal Corps Army Drill, Concert, Jazz, and Top 40s Pop Bands, and South Carolina's 246th Army National Guard Band. During his time in the military bands he served as a principle trumpeter and French hornist, vocalist, emcee, choreographer, and staff music arranger while performing in the marching, concert, jazz, brass and Top 40's bands as well as in the jazz combo and as a featured soloist.
In addition to his military experience, Mr. Shelton has exceptional performance experience on the collegiate level as well. He has performed with Texas Southern University, Southern University Bands, and Georgia Southern University bands.
During his collegiate years he performed with the marching bands, wind ensembles, wind symphony, orchestra, jazz bands, jazz combos, world music ensemble, brass ensembles, and trumpet ensembles. He also served as an arranger, featured soloist and student conductor.
Mr. Shelton has studied under some of the greatest musical minds throughout his educational career. Recently, Mr. Shelton has studied with Robert W. Smith of Troy University. During his studies at Georgia Southern University, Mr. Shelton was privileged to study with Dr. Juan Martin Gendelman, Dr. Robert Dunham, Dr. Tim Kitzinger, Dr. William Schmid, and Mrs. Alice Schmid. While studying at Southern University and A&M College, he studied under Mr. Lawrence Jackson, the late Mr. Carnell Knighten and Dr. Isaac Greggs. His initial collegiate engagement at Texas Southern University was under Mr. Sam Jackson and Professor Benjamin Butler II.
Mr. Shelton has held various directorships and assistant directorships throughout his career across the Southeast. He was an assistant director at Donaldsonville High School, the Academy of Richmond County "Purple Pride" Marching Band, and for the late Jessie Walker (the director of the Monroe High School Band Programs). Schools and organizations that he held a directorship include Port Allen Middle School, Murphy Middle School, George P. Butler High School, the Atlanta Alumni All-Star Bands, and the Augusta Marching All-Stars. He was the chief executive officer of the Central Savannah River Area Youth and Community Development Program and is the founder and director of The I.M.P.A.C.T. Institute in Statesboro, Georgia.
Mr. Shelton is a member of numerous prestigious professional and service organizations. He is a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI), Collegiate Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), Minority Band Directors National Association (MBDNA), National Band Association (NBA), Jazz Education Network (JEN), African-American Jazz Caucus (AAJC), THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS (ASCAP), Advocates for Music and Music Education Association (AMMEA), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (PMA), Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, and the Golden Key. He holds a membership with the National Show Band Association (NSBA) and serves as President of the Advisory Board. He is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity where he serves as the Public Relations Chair for the Southeast District Alumni Association and on the Programs Committee for the National Alumni Association. He has earned the award of Outstanding Bandsmen bestowed by the Gamma Omega Chapter of Texas Southern University during his freshman year. He was also the Charter President of the Nu Kappa Chapter at Georgia Southern University.