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Grammy Win Means Music Lab Upgrades for Students & Community

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Music LabRoanoke, VA -- Thanks to a historic Grammy win, Jefferson Center Foundation's Music Lab program continues to receive positive attention and forward momentum from around the world and right here at home. In March 2013, Snarky Puppy and Lalah Hathaway made Roanoke history by recording a live performance on Jefferson Center's Shaftman Performance Hall stage, leading to a Grammy win for Best R&B Performance. The performance was just one of nearly a dozen incredible songs found on Snarky Puppy's Family Dinner Volume 1 album, filmed and recorded live at Jefferson Center and benefitting the Foundation's Music Lab program with every purchase made. Music Lab is welcoming a new staff member in sound engineer Nick Corrigan. Corrigan will serve as the go to sound engineer in Music Lab's Roanoke location, joining Music Lab Floyd's sound engineer Joseph "Joebass" DeJarnette.

"I'm excited to join the Music Lab team at Jefferson Center and work directly with the young musicians the program serves," says Corrigan. "This positive momentum for the Music Lab is an incredible opportunity for the teenage students within our program, but it also means improvement to services for the community at large. The equipment upgrades means we're able to offer the best in professional recording studio space to any band, vocal group, or business in the region."

Corrigan brings 10 years of audio production experience to the Music Lab studios. Having worked with artists like The Avett Brothers, Chatham County Line, Abigail Washburn, The Wood Brothers and many others, Corrigan brings with him the professional experience and expertise necessary to not only educate, but inspire Music Lab students to achieve their musical goals. No stranger to out of the box recording, Corrigan's most recent project is a company he helped create called Live and Breathing, which specializes in recording live performances in unique and intimate spaces.

Corrigan's experience builds upon the already impressive resume of Music Lab's sound engineering team. Music Lab at Floyd's DeJarnette graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Audio Production and a minor in Music Industry and Philosophy. DeJarnette has decades of real world experience, having worked in the studio with the likes of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Lake Street Dive, The Sweetback Sisters, Sxip Shirey, Leyla McCalla and Curtis Eller.

"We all watched the Grammy's that evening and when Snarky Puppy and Lalah Hathaway were called on stage to accept their award we knew that the Family Dinner project was going to continue to have a big impact on the experiences our students were having inside Music Lab," said Dylan Locke, Jefferson Center's Artistic & Education Director. "With that win, the album itself, Snarky's support, and the support of this community we are now able to bring in some new personnel and upgrades to our studio equipment that will give our students an exceptional music education experience."

Included in the upgrades are new interfaces, studio monitors, microphone preamps and many other items that will ensure the experience inside Music Lab's professional recording studio is akin to working in any world-class recording studio in the nation. Music Lab has also added four new Peluso microphones to its sound recording arsenal. The boutique microphones are handcrafted in Floyd County.

From equipment upgrades to new personnel, it is clear that Jefferson Center's Music Lab is poised to take its programs to the next level.

With continued support from Grammy winning Snarky Puppy's Family Dinner Volume 1 and the desire from local donors in the region to support arts education, Music Lab will carry on its bold mission to provide songwriting projects, interactive workshops with artists from around the globe, community access to a professional recording studio, peer to peer music building, and many other exciting experiences that will build up young talents, amplify their confidence and self-worth, and encourage them as they develop into tomorrow's leaders.

Jefferson Center Foundation is a nonprofit organization that enriches and educates diverse Western Virginia communities by producing high quality performing arts programs, by providing long and short term rental space for community partners and individuals, and by providing educational outreach. The Foundation is focused on maximizing the use of its historic facility as a home for its educational programs, a family of nonprofit and locally owned business tenants, and an exceptional performance venue for this community. Visit for more information. Education Director.

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