March 1, 2024


Mandy Quinn, East Central Community College’s Fine Arts Department Chair, Assistant Band Director, and Director of Percussion Studies was recently announced as the recipient of the Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher Award. Along with the honor, Quinn will present a special program on Thursday, March 21, at 1 p.m. The event was originally slated to be held in the Vickers Fine Arts Center but has changed locations to the Carson Band Hall on ECCC’s campus in Decatur. The event is free to attend and open to the public. 

Quinn’s performance, entitled "Evolution of Percussion: The Historical, Cultural, and Customary Impact of Percussion Arts," will discuss how percussion has evolved over time while maintaining aspects of its origin. 

“We will explore the evolution of percussion and how it has impacted the percussive arts in the musical world,” said Quinn. “The program will give the audience insight into some of the different instruments within the percussion family by performing different repertoire and discussing the many aspects of the instruments.” 

Along with the presentation, guests will hear remarks from East Central President, Dr. Brent Gregory, Executive Vice President, Mr. David Case, and Humanities Council Representative, Mr. John Spann. 

Quinn, originally from Alabama, graduated from Muscle Shoals High School before completing a bachelor's degree in instrumental music education from the University of North Alabama. She went on to earn a master’s degree in percussion performance and conducting from the University of Central Florida and is working on her Doctor of Arts in music from William Carey University. She has performed with many world-renowned ensembles such as The Cadets, Carolina Crown, Capital Regiment, Gateway Percussion, and Aimachi from Nagoya, Japan. She is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, where she serves on the Education Committee, and is Vice President of the Mississippi Percussive Arts Society. She has had articles published in Rhythm! Scene, a Percussion Arts Society publication. She is endorsed by Innovative Percussion. 

Quinn is married to Nathan Robertson and has two children, Elora and David James.