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PCC Jazz Band Performs as Part of Ceremony to Install N.C. Community Colleges President

The PCC Jazz Band represented the college at the installation ceremony of NCCCS President Jimmie Williamson (center) on April 10. Under the direction of Michael Stephenson (seated, right), the students and faculty performed a couple of selections during the program, which was held in Richmond Community College's Robert L. and Elizabeth S. Cole Auditorium and Community Center.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College was well represented this month during a ceremony in Hamlet to install Dr. James Williamson as the eighth president in the 54-year history of the N.C. Community College System.

The program, which took place April 10 in Richmond Community College’s Robert L. and Elizabeth S. Cole Auditorium and Community Center, featured music by the PCC Jazz Band. Under the direction of PCC Music and Drama Coordinator R. Michael Stephenson, the 12-member band performed “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Almost Like Being in Love” with accounting student Naomi Greene singing solo in both songs.

“I am really proud of the students in the band and their hard work this semester to prepare for this very prestigious opportunity,” said Stephenson, who noted that Hamlet is the birthplace of legendary American jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane.

PCC TRiO Works Director LaTonya Nixon, who accompanied the musicians to the ceremony, said Williamson was “ecstatic” about the band’s performance and “publicly thanked them during the [installation] ceremony.”

The PCC Jazz Band was the only musical group from the state’s 58 community colleges invited to participate in the ceremony to install Williamson, a South Carolina native who took the helm of North Carolina’s community college system on July 1, 2016.