From Stephan Allison, Coordinator, City Arts Office
The Middletown Commission on the Arts/City Arts & Culture Office will formally announce the City’s newest awardee of the title Music Ambassador for the City. A brief ceremony proclaiming Jay Hoggard Day on August 31 will take place in the Mayor’s Office, Room 209 of the Municipal Building (City Hall) at 9 a.m. on Monday August 31, 2015.
Jay Hoggard is a world-renowned jazz vibraphonist and composer. He is an alum of Wesleyan, and currently an Adjunct Professor of Music there.
In addition to being recognized for his valuable artistic and creative contributions, the Music Ambassadors’ music becomes the featured ‘music on hold’ for all City phones. While the City strives to answer calls promptly and avoid putting someone on hold, when those occasions do occur the music you will hear is that of our local artists - our inaugural Ambassadors Dave Downs and Rani Arbo or this year’s Ambassador, Jay Hoggard.
The City endeavors to elect similar ambassadors annually, highlighting the great talent that exists within our city limits. The public is invited to the ceremony. Please call the Mayor’s Office at 860.638.4801 if you plan to attend.