Musicians & Artists

Dena Mueller

"Dena Mueller, born 10 weeks early, was diagnosed with CP at age two.  With therapy and surgery Dena took her first steps on the UCP Telethon, where she was a “superstar” and continues to be a yearly fundraiser. After studying ballet for therapy, Dena preformed in the “Nutcracker. Dena has performed in her church choir, Jr. and Sr.  High Choirs, All Region Choir and ASU Women’s Chorus.  This is Dena’s 9th year to perform for this Concert.   In college, she has had multiple semesters with a 4.0 GPA.  Dr. Ed Owen, one of Dena’s ASU Music Professors said of Dena: “She was one of the best and brightest students I have ever had the pleasure to teach."

The Thrillin' Three

"Thrillin’ Three is a trio consisting of Darren Lane, Hunter Rogers and Jonathan Lansford. To say this trio keeps director Julia Lansford on her toes, is a big understatement but a great enjoyment.   Hunter is a fan of Star Wars, Jonathan is happy to be at a computer while Darren is the athletic one in the group---three different personalities enjoying singing and a bit of acting.  This year the music requires the guys to become representative of their counterparts ---The Three Stoogies!  Then they continue with music of the early 60’s with text remaining as crazy as in the Curly Shuffle.   It is great to see the guys improving each year and the enjoyment they bring to the audience."

Overcomers Choir

"Overcomers Choir is a branch of the Central Baptist Special Ministries. Thirty-four years ago Kevin, son of Keith and Johannah Broeffle, was severely injured and nearly died in the tragic Jonesboro School Bus accident at Uno.  A year later the Central Baptist Church Special Ministries was born when Johannah was asked to teach a class of two people. September 2012, Pat Qualls organized the Overcomers Choir, asking Lynn Williams to assist her. The Choir now numbers approximately 50 members, which includes a sign language choir.  They have presented programs at churches and events locally, throughout Arkansas and Southeast Missouri.  Their year-end concert is scheduled for June 3."

Joey Havdala

"Anyone who knows Joey, knows that he’s been promoting this concert since last May.  It’s his favorite night of the year! A 2015 graduate of Jonesboro High School, Joey keeps busy volunteering at Back in Action Chiropractic and b. Marie Salon.  He also bags groceries at the Helping Neighbors Food Pantry and serves lunches at the First Baptist Church Care Center.  Thanks to his workout buddy, Lisa Tollett, he’s become an avid runner.  They can be spotted daily at the Trim Gym or running around Jonesboro.  Tonight Joey is once again joined on stage by his longtime friends Chaz, Treyson and J.D. Stafford.  Performing with TRIPPP always makes for an exciting evening.  In the audience this evening are Joey's parents Jack and Peggy, as well as his siblings, Sarah and Mark." 

TRIPP Band

"Treyson Stafford is a sophomore at Jonesboro High School. Treyson and his brothers, John David and Chaz, are triplets and perform as the band TRIPPP. Treyson plays the bass guitar, percussion instruments, violin, and banjo. He is a member of the JHS choir and a 4-time All Region Choir honoree. He enjoys musical theater, including his most recent role as Zoltan Karpathy in My Fair Lady at JHS. In his spare time he enjoys swim team, video games, and spending time with his parrot “Steve” and beagle “Skipper.”  He hopes to work with animals in the future. He was diagnosed with autism at age 18 months and has worked very hard to succeed in school, music, and all he does."

Jonathan Lansford

"Jonathan Blake Lansford, son of Julia and the late James Lansford, continues to enjoy performing HIS portrayal of Elvis and singing with the Thrillin’ Three Trio. His positive and joyful attitude and genuine love for others is a blessing. Jonathan’s role of “Good Will Ambassador” continues as he sings the praises of the program and the talents of all his friends.  Each year he enjoys dedicating his performance to special people in his life.  This year of 2018 he wants to honor his favorite ladies Aunt Joyce, Kay, Sandie, Vanessa, Pat and Christy." 

Parker McCarthy

"Parker McCarthy, age 16, was diagnosed in the autistic spectrum at 18 months.

He has always loved music and began violin lessons with Rebecca Markowski in kindergarten. Although violin is his first love, he plays several instruments and also loves to sing. He has played for nursing homes, a wedding (in 5th grade), and several other events. Parker participates in the ASU youth orchestra and both the First Baptist Church Orchestra and choir.  He also attends the annual Fiddler’s Convention in Harrison, Arkansas. Parker has even been known to entertain the occasional unsuspecting door to door salesman.  Last year Parker started working as a sound technician at Believe Studios for Ken Wadley. Parker loves playing anywhere there’s an audience."

Mitchell Griggs

 "Mitchell, adopted by Charles and Sherrie Griggs at 15 months, was born with learning disabilities and ADHD because of alcohol and drug use during pregnancy. Mitchell was recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He graduated from Weiner High School in 2004, then attended Hot Springs Career Training Institute, earning a certification of grounds keeping. He has faithfully worked at Walmart for the past 13 years. Mitchell began playing the Native American Flute 8 years ago.  He received a grant from AG for Autism with which to purchase two bass Flutes. His Mother says, "Mitchell lives and breathes to play his flutes." He has presented many programs for area churches, and other events. Mitchel is a member of the Overcomers Choir." 

Hunter Rogers

"Hunter Rogers is the son of proud parents, Gene and Vanessa Rogers of Lake City. Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 7, Hunter was found to be blessed with a God-given musical talent. He enjoyed performers such as Jerry Lee Lewis and would mimic what he heard.  The audience was amazed when hearing his performance of Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire”! As the 2015-2016 Treble Clef Scholarship recipient, he began and continues vocal study with Julia Lansford and piano lessons with Pat Qualls. This year you will hear one of his favorites of songs ----a challenge he met with fine musicality.  Then hold on for his “Johnny Be Good” at the piano!"

Little Light of Mine

“Little Light of Mine” is a ministry of Briarlake Baptist Church (Decatur, GA) for adults with disabilities.  This year this ministry marked 47 years and is the oldest such ministry in Georgia.  We approach instruction according to their mental ages (not physical).  The “Little Light” ministry provides Biblical instruction, social outings, music and dance.  Even with all of their disabilities, they have memorized over 40 songs – dance several different liturgical dances – sign as we sing – and have also memorized various scriptures. Little Light is very excited to be in Jonesboro to participate in this very exciting Concert on May 1st.  We will present our full program to the Jonesboro community on Wednesday, May 2nd, at 7:00 p.m. 

Brandon Guo

"Brandon Guo was born August 13, 2004 to Michelle and Ricky Guo. He was always a little different from other kids, even as a toddler. It all made sense when he was diagnosed with moderate-level autism at the age of two and a half. Since then, he has attended over 5 different schools and has logged thousands of therapy hours. Along the way, Brandon has shown a knack for the music world. He picked up piano just as quick as a normal kid, and has undeniable talent. His playing is unique as he doesn’t read music but plays back what his teacher, Dr. J.D. Kelly, plays.  He couldn’t ask for a better teacher to start his amazing musical journey."

Darren Lane

"Darren is the 43-year old son of Jim and Brenda Lane and has an older sister and two nieces.   After high school in Massachusetts, Darren attended college in Texas and Hot Springs Training Institute.  His love of music has been a constant in his life, but his disabilities have made study difficult.  Darren received the 2015 Treble Clef Club scholarship for piano and was privileged to study with Harriet O’Neal.  Working with Pat Qualls in the Overcomers Choir stretched his love to sing.  He joined the Thrillin’ Three in 2015 and in the summer of 2017 he began voice lessons with Julia Lansford.  Darren is grateful for the time she has invested in him. Along with his music, sports play a big part in his life."   

Chris Brodell

"My name is Chris Brodell. I am 16 years old. I have overcome a lot of adversities.

I have a diagnosis of CVID, ADHD and Autism PDD NOS. Ok, so I have some challenges but, they don't have me. I am determined to be a productive part of society.

I have the same needs, wants and dreams you have. I will achieve these dreams just differently than you! I love playing music in the Nettleton Band.  My mentors Peggy Jeffries and Grant Brinkle believe in me and are helping me with my dreams

I love them so!  I want to say thank you to them for believing in me andTreble Clef Club for helping make my dreams happen with a Scholarship. It is my time to Shine! Love, Chris"

Sara Silas

"Sara Isabella Silas, daughter of Matt and Lori Silas, was born with the love of music.  Sara sang before she could talk and had an impressive repertoire of songs at an early age. Sara, a junior at Valley View High School, has never shied away from the stage.   She can be seen in the Foundation of Arts yearly performance of the Nutcracker and participates in the FOA’s Young Artists Summer intensives.   Sara was excited to be awarded a Treble Clef Club Julia Lansford Vocal Scholarship.  Sara has blossomed personally and vocally under the influence and care of Mrs. Lansford.  Sara and her family are extremely thankful for the Treble Clef Club, Pat Qualls and Julia Lansford for this wonderful opportunity. "  

Vivian Hardin 

"Vivian Hardin, 26, is the daughter of John and Teresa Hardin. A gifted harp student, she adores her Harp teacher and mentor Pat Qualls.  Vivian has been a featured performer with the Delta Symphony Orchestra. Vivian attends Ladies BSF at Community Fellowship Church studying God’s word. She is faithful to her Sunday School class at First Baptist Church.  Vivian maintains an official ASU Crafters license to produce Arkansas State Red Wolves ART for resale. Vivian participates in local art and crafts shows showcasing her art and Harp skills.  She is huge hit at the Train Depot in Newport AR.  Whatever goal Vivian reaches for, she is determined to succeed. Autism has never held her back, as her faith in God and her tenacity to succeed are greater by far."

The Artists

Farmer Elliot- this is one of his many

characters that he has drawn.

Beau Doty 

Vivian Hardin

"Squirrel"

Jeremiah Knight 

Octopus- a clay sculpture.

Jacob Hall

"Starry Night"

Rees Hogue

"Trinity"- Reese does computer 

generated art.

Lyn Clements

"Flowers"

Quodrekkus MC Neely

"The Chronicles of Quebuto Hiro VII"-

He is a graphic novelist and he has 

created his own story and characters. 

Guest Speakers

Elected to a third four-year term in November 2016, Mayor Harold Perrin has proven to be one of the most effective and visionary leaders in the City of Jonesboro’s history. A banker by vocation, Perrin took over a city in dire financial circumstances in 2009 and has led it to prosperity despite a national recession. Under Perrin, Jonesboro’s population has grown by 15 percent to upward of 75,000. But Perrin, 69, has worked to ensure growth comes with stability. Jonesboro’s unemployment rate consistently ranks at or near the lowest in the region, while quality of life, safety and transportation have remained the city’s highest priorities. Successes include new fire stations that have helped Jonesboro attain a fire rating of 1, ensuring residents the best protection and lowest home insurance rates possible. Recreational activities have improved with the creation of The Miracle League, the nation’s largest rubberized entertainment park for children with disabilities, and a pedestrian and bicycle trail around Craighead Forest Park, one of the state’s largest city-owned parks. Acclaimed as a financial whiz with a presidential Rolodex, Perrin has fostered a business growth that led GoBankRates.com to label Jonesboro as the best place to earn a living in Arkansas for 2017. It’s an acknowledgement of the growth and change that has transpired in the regional business, educational and medical mecca during Perrin’s tenure. Not only is he beginning a ninth year as mayor, Perrin served 15 years on the City Council and was a member of the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Arkansas State University. Well before he was ever elected to office, he was a leader in the community. He’s been president of two major banks and principal of his own management consulting firm. He has also given freely of his time to many area organizations, serving on numerous boards and commissions, including: Arkansas State University Board of Trustees, Delta Dental of Arkansas Board of Directors, Arkansas Industrial Developers, Arkansas State University Chancellors Cabinet, Abilities Unlimited, Arkansas Workforce Development Board, Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas Municipal League, and many more.Perrin, who has been married to his wife Susan for 48 years, now manages a City with upward of 600 employees and a $40.7 million budget.

Mayor Harold Perrin: Jonesboro, Arkansas

Dr. Charles Welch: Arkansas State University System President 

Dr. Charles Welch serves as president of the Arkansas State University System and has emerged as one of the state’s leading advocates for higher education. Dr. Welch was named the second president of the ASU System in November 2010.  He is the youngest person to ever serve as president or chancellor of an Arkansas community college, is the youngest university president in Arkansas, and is one of the youngest college presidents in the United States. Among the system’s major expansion initiatives are the first American-style university campus to be built in Mexico and an osteopathic medical school in partnership with the New York Institute of Technology. He previously served as president of Henderson State University, chancellor of the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope; vice chancellor for academic affairs at ASU-Beebe; and dean of university studies at Pulaski Technical College. Welch also worked at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and has served as an instructor of education and political science at three different colleges in Arkansas. A native of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Dr. Welch was a first-generation college student and the first member of either side of his extended family to receive a graduate degree. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Arkansas, where he served as president of the student body. He received a Master of Arts degree in political management from George Washington University and a Doctor of Education degree in higher education administration from UALR. He was recently inducted into the Arkansas Boys State Hall of Fame. AY Magazine named Welch as one of the “Powerful Men of 2013”, and in 2005, Arkansas. Business selected Welch to “40 Under 40,” which profiled 40 “intriguing business and political leaders under age 40.” Dr. Welch and his wife, Mandy, are the parents of three daughters: Wheatley Grace, Emma Caroline, and Ava Claire.

Dr. Kelly Damphousse: Chancellor Arkansas State University

Kelly Damphousse became Chancellor of ASU on July 1, 2017. His self-effacing humor and a lifetime spent relating to individuals regardless of the job led him to Jonesboro to become the third permanently appointed Chancellor. Raised in northern Canada, Damphousse attended Lethbridge Community College earning an associate’s degree in law enforcement in 1982.  Heading south, Damphousse enrolled at Sam Houston State University completing his bachelor’s in criminal justice, specializing in law enforcement and police science in 1987. He began his university career in the Department of Justice Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1994, returning to his alma mater of Sam Houston State one year later in the College of Criminal Justice.  Damphousse moved to OU in 1997 as a member of the Department of Sociology and was made the permanent dean in 2014. He and his wife Beth have two daughters who are both graduates of Oklahoma. 

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