Music experts see what makes Cleveland special
by Kevin Pearson
Jun 12, 2013 | 1747 views | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Music industry professionals Domingo “Sam the Sham” Zamudio, Boo Mitchell, Jimmy Lawrence, and designer Pat Tigrett flew into Cleveland from Memphis Tuesday for the GRAMMY® Museum groundbreaking ceremony.

After arriving in Cleveland, they were taken on a tour by the Executive Director of the Alumni Foundation Keith Fulcher of the Delta State University campus and some of its buildings.

The first stop on their tour of Cleveland was at the Delta State hanger to see where the Delta State aviation students learn how to fly.

The Department of Commercial Aviation Chair and Professor Dr. Julie Speakes showed the visitors the planes, the dispatch area, and the flight simulator.

Lawrence was given the opportunity to use the simulator, while Mitchell sat beside him in the cockpit.

Thanks to the instruction of Assistant Chief Flight Instructor Larry “Trey” Rayburn III, Lawrence was able to take off in the simulator, circle the runway and land the plane, without any mishaps or crashes.

“Just so everybody knows, I’ll be flying us all home,” said Lawrence jokingly after he had finished on the simulator.

After the tour of the Delta State hanger, the next stop was the Bologna Performing Arts Center, where the group said they were impressed by the size and quality of the Delta and Pine Land Theater.

Once on the stage, Zamudio started singing a classical song in a rich operatic tone.

Tigrett then requested him to sing a few bars of his new song about U.S. Highway 61.

On the way to the Delta Music Institute, Zamudio reminisced about Delta Cream and how delicious the donuts used to be.

He said that after he finished playing gigs around the area and was on his way back home, he would stop at Delta Cream at around 4 a.m. and get donuts and coffee in order to make it back safely to the Louisiana coast where he has a home..

Once at the DMI building, DSU Guitar and Bass Instructor Barry Bays led the tour, showing them the two studios housed within the building.

They all seemed very impressed by the size and quality of the construction of Studio A and the control board.

The DMI summer camp for seventh- and eighth-graders was in session and practicing a few songs in the studio, which the group was able to hear.

The tour then moved to Studio B, the smaller and digital studio, where Bays showed them the recording rooms and the digital control board.

He explained the digital board and how you can edit recordings; assign knobs, and cut and paste, unlike with the older tape machines.

After seeing the DMI, the group was taken to the alumni building, where the reception for the museum groundbreaking ceremony was taking place.