Art Talk Monday: Cody Chandler's Veterans Day Tribute

This week's Art Talk Monday written by Karen Pittman, Co-producer of "Honoring Those Who Serve" Dixie Center Veteran’s Day Tribute Welcomes New Face

We have all said it, “Ruston has so many amazingly talented people!” Whether you attend an RCT play, the NCLAC Holiday Arts Tour, the Dixie Center for the Arts Horizon Talent Show, or one of the tremendous productions by the Louisiana Tech University Theatre Department, you know - Ruston ‘s Got Talent! What makes this fact even more exciting is when we get to see the birth and growth of new talent continuing the tradition. Now more than ever it seems, we are seeing the next generation of local artists make their way through the ranks as they hone skills and prepare to take their place in the spotlight.

The Dixie Center for the Arts is pleased to be able to highlight one of these new faces, Cody Chandler, as director of “We the People-Honoring Those Who Serve”. Cody began his musical training at the tender age of 5; I am sure, as many of us did, at the behest of loving parents who knew the value of musical training, not only as a talent, but in other facets of life as well. While many of us jumped off the piano bench to answer the call of other far more “interesting” pursuits, Cody, under the impeccable tutelage of Mrs. Jeanne Patterson, continued his training through his teenage years.

Before finding his way back to the music as a profession, Cody embarked on a bit of a circuitous journey through college (via the schools of engineering and business!), while continuing to play as co-pianist at Douglas United Methodist Church. After deciding music was the path God had laid for him, he has served as accompanist for various choral groups and a rehearsal pianist for several Tech productions, and is a guest performer for area churches.

Three years ago, ready to test his directing wings, Cody became the Creator/Director of the “Joyful Noise” concert series, as a venue to bless others with the God-given gift of music. All of this is influenced and perfected by the excellent, professional level teaching of Dr. Steele Moegle and the faculty of the Louisiana Tech University School of the Performing Arts. Scheduled to graduate in Spring 2014, we are blessed to have this talented young man in our area. Not only is he committed to his art, but he is also giving back to the community through this special show in addition to training the next generation of budding Mozarts! We are very fortunate to have such a rich training ground, in both Louisiana Tech and the dedicated music teachers who make North Central Louisiana home.

This 2nd Annual Veterans’ Day tribute show is scheduled for Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 2 PM. As a Piano Performance major at Louisiana Tech, Mr. Chandler will bring not only his own talents to the Dixie stage, but those of fellow students, professors as well. Throw in a couple of special creative visual elements and this year’s show promises to be a wonderful salute to our veterans and active duty servicemen and women and an afternoon of great entertainment.