By day, Dr. Danny Fletcher is the Director of Fine Arts for the Little Rock School District. By night, he is an in-demand musician. In his surprisingly existent spare time, he mentors youth as the director of the Art Porter Music Education’s Minors in Music Program.
A student of Art Porter, Fletcher has made his career as an arts educator and musician. After years of being a band director, he made the transition to being an administrator about a decade ago when the district restored the Director of Fine Arts position. In this capacity, he works with students at every school, instead of just one. Through his leadership, the Little Rock School District sponsors a multi-day Artistry in the Rock arts festival each spring.
Danny is also involved in the THEA Foundation (where he serves as President of the Board). Last year, he retired after 42 years with the Army National Guard. In 2015, in conjunction with his retirement from the Guard, Brian Rhodes composed a new jazz composition in honor of Danny which is called “Back This Thang Up.”
Today at noon at the River Market, the Art Porter Music Education “Minors in Music” will perform a free concert. This is part of the annual “A Work of Art” Jazz Week.
Minors in Music is a music education program that benefits musically gifted Arkansas students. The name is a spin-off from The Minor Key, a television show produced by Art Porter Sr. on AETN that showcased talented Arkansans. Minors in Music continues that legacy by providing the same opportunities for aspiring music students.
Under the direction of Dr. Danny Fletcher, the program combines workshops, musical and educational relationships with professional musicians and educators with a community service component to create a customized training program. The program emphasizes that the key to using music as a community-building tool is to ignite an early appreciation for community engagement within young musicians and give them the tools they need to become leaders and innovators. Music is transformative because it benefits students educationally and socially and connects a total population universally! Minors in Music educates, encourages and empowers young people!
APME has a unique opportunity and responsibility to inspire the next generation of musicians, whether as educators, performers or producers, to explore non-traditional opportunities, and create interactive ways to inspire communities and future generations. It’s been said that true talent is often like a treasured family heirloom. As it’s passed down, each recipient polishes it, refinishes it, and makes it his own. Minors in Music are APME’s treasured family heirlooms. Their skills will be polished and refinished into their particular style and passed on to the next talented generation.
Minors in Music, the high school and college jazz musician program of Art Porter Music Education will be performing at the River Market today at noon in a free concert. Yesterday, they kicked off the 2014 A Work of Art with a preview at City Hall.
The students are under the direction of Dr. Danny Fletcher.
The Little Rock School District celebrates the creativity and talent of its students this week with Artistry in the Rock.
Tonight, April 21, there is a scholarship fundraiser featuring I J Routen and MUSED at the Afterthought. Tickets are $10. Showtimes are 7:30pm and 9:30pm.
Wednesday through Friday at the Metroplex Event Center, there will be performances.
Wednesday – April 23
10:00 a.m. Jazz Central
10:30 a.m. Mallory Baker, piano solo
10:40 a.m. Central Choir
11:00 a.m. Jefferson Orff Ensemble
11:20 a.m. McDermott Choir
11:40 a.m. Mabelvale Choir
12:00 noon Parkview Dance
12:20 p.m. Pulaski Heights Middle School Band
Thursday – April 24
10:00 a.m. Chicot Stars
10:30 a.m. Western Hills Eagle Band
11:00 a.m. Romine Choir
11:20 a.m. Booker Drama
11:40 a.m. Meadowcliff Choir and Percussion Ensemble
12:00 noon Forest Heights Band
Friday – April 25
10:00 a.m. Parkview Musical Collaboration
11:10 a.m. Watson Capercita Roja-Orff Ensemble
11:30 a.m. Rockefeller Orff and Percussion Ensembles
11:50 a.m. Pulaski Heights Elementary
12:10 p.m. Dunbar Band Band
Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., there will be a Student Art Gallery .
On Friday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m., there will be a Jazz R US Reception and Silent Auction.
This free jazz reception for adults at the Metroplex Event Center will feature a performance by Dr. Danny Fletcher and Jazz R US. Refreshments and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Teh silent auction will feature faculty and student artwork. Proceeds will benefit the Dr. Morris Holmes Artistry Scholarship fund.