ENMU hosting music teacher conference

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Alisa Boswell The first day of the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico 61st annual state conference included several presentations, including one by the special guest speaker Peter Mack, an internationally recognized Irish pianist and music educator from Washington state. Mack told his audience Friday at Eastern New Mexico University about several imaginative techniques for […]

Thursday morning briefing: Brunch, classical stuff and emancipation

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Sunday music There’s a Rick Hughes and Friends concert from noon-2 p.m. for Sunday brunch at Mark’s Restaurant in Portales. It’s free and open to the public. Information: 359-0857. Classical stuff Eastern New Mexico University in Portales is hosting a solo performance by guest […]

Our people: Mentality for music

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Courtesy photo Clovis resident Chuck Tipton has been involved in music for more than 20 years. Most stories about Clovis resident Chuck Tipton begin with “When we were working on that musical…” There’s reason for that. Tipton taught music in Clovis’ schools for 20 years at all levels, including college, and he never got out […]

Visitors from as far as United Kingdom attend festival

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Airman 1st Class Nichole Jimenez, left, and Senior Airman Sarah Klasnich, both assigned to the 27th SOLRS at Cannon AFB, listen Thursday as tour guide Jay Parmenter of Clovis explains the history of the Norman Petty Studio. The tours continue until Saturday, one of the many events taking place during […]

Ticket feature: Lonestar performing at Clovis Music Festival

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Courtesy photo Country act Lonestar is the featured performer of the 24th annual Clovis Music Festival. Lonestar is most famous for its song “Amazed,” which in 1999 spent eight weeks on the country and Billboard Hot 100 chart. Freedom New Mexico Country act Lonestar is the featured performer of the 24th annual Clovis Music Festival. […]

Thursday morning briefing: Star gazing, music acts and defending a pardon

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Star gazing Star gazer Sheila Behr of Portales tells us that this week anyone can look up in the sky and see the closest supernova to earth in the last 25 years. All you need are a pair of at least 20×80 binoculars. Supernovas […]

Wednesday morning briefing: A video game, Buddy comes ot town and Uncle Sam

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday morning briefing. Video game of the week From our own Jenna Zamie, the hottest game of the week: Game: Rock of Ages Genre: Action strategy System: 360, PS3, PC What is it? An action strategy game with a delightfully goofy concept and destructive fun. ESRB […]

Organizers say they are expanding music festival’s sound

Robin Coffey It’s been nearly a quarter-century of celebrating the Clovis sound, and festival organizers are hoping spectators from Clovis and across the world will be “amazed.” Country act Lonestar is the signature event of the 24th annual Clovis Music Festival. The four-day event starts 6 p.m. Thursday with “Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story” at […]

Reader-submitted: Steve Sims joins First Baptist Church ministry staff

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Steve Sims First Baptist Church of Clovis recently welcomed Steve Sims to its ministry staff. Steve and his wife Carrie moved to Clovis with their two children to become a part of the ministry of First Baptist on Aug. 21. Steve and Carrie have lived in Amarillo the past several years, where Steve served as […]

Ticket feature: Liverpool Legends to perform during music festival

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Courtesy photo: liverpoollegends.com The Liverpool Legends, a Beatles tribute band, will play in the Clovis Musical Festival on Sept. 9 at the Curry County Events Center. Freedom New Mexico The Liverpool Legends, a Beatles tribute band, will make their Clovis Music Festival debut 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Curry County Events Center. The Legends […]

Clovis Music Festival upcoming

The annual Clovis Music Festival runs Sept. 7 through Sept. 11 and draws music fans from around the world. The festival is an annual celebration of the Clovis sound, attributed to music producers Norman and Vi Petty and rock music legend Buddy Holly, who recorded many of his biggest hits at their studio in Clovis.

Religion feature: Church welcomes new music director

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Courtesy photo Ken McDonald, shown with his wife Marge, is the new director of music ministries at First United Methodist Church in Clovis First United Methodist Church in Clovis is pleased to announce the addition of Ken McDonald to its professional staff. McDonald will serve as the director of music ministries and brings a wealth […]

Friday morning briefing: School days, music in the streets and the big race

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. School days The fall semester at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales begins Wednesday. The semester ends on Dec. 16, and commencement is Dec. 17. Music in the streets The Clovis Wildcat Marching Band Marchathon starts 8 a.m. Saturday at Clovis High School. The […]

Thursday morning briefing: Free music, food needed and a curing a headache

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Music, music, music The Eastern New Mexico University music department is presenting a recital of chamber music for French horn, soprano and piano at 3 p.m. Aug. 28 in Buchanan Hall. It’s free and open to the public. Food drive VistaCare Hospice in Clovis […]

Ticket feature: Clovis Music Festival kicking off Sept. 8

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File photo “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” is part of the Clovis Music Festival held every September at the Curry County Event Center. Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Music Festival is throwing its annual party to celebrate the city’s rock ‘n’ roll heritage. The festival was originated by Clovis recording giant Norman Petty’s widow, Vi. […]

Child Sense: When an older sibling is at camp

Priscilla J. Dunstan Parents often underestimate the anxiety and loneliness a younger sibling has when an older sibling goes off to camp. Young children don’t have a concrete understanding of time, and their immaturity makes it hard for them to believe their sibling’s absence is temporary. Keep them busy, do something special, and use this […]

Ticket feature: Christian music event all day Aug. 13

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Courtesy photo: Chase Mahan Clovis’ Laughing Season will play as part of Shattering the Silence, an Aug. 13, seven band Christian concert. Freedom New Mexico Shatter the Silence is set to bring Clovis a full day of Christian music event. With doors opening at noon and music beginning at 2 p.m., the Aug. 13 concert […]

Our people: Portales music teacher Eunice Schumpert wanted to be an opera singer as a child

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Music is a part of each of Eunice Schumpert’s days. Eunice Schumpert of Portales doesn’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t singing and playing the piano. She is on the cusp of her 90th birthday and continues to be active as a piano and voice teacher. Schumpert […]

Friday morning briefing: Rock the Park, Ike in Clovis and a fairy tale wedding

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Music, music, music Rock the Park is four hours of contemporary Christian music and it’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Potter Park. Cowtown The National Corriente Cattle Show is all day today and Sunday at the Curry County Events Center. Fast […]

Clovis music groups receive top honors

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Courtesy photo The Marshall Middle School choir performed at Christmas. The group shown here is made up of about 190 students, Marshall Choir Director Lori Salmon said. Liliana Castillo Two Clovis Municipal Schools musical groups received top honors from the New Mexico Music Educators Association, a first for both schools. The Marshall Middle School choir […]