Saturday, December 20, 2014

In Memory of Doc T

In Memory of

Dr. Michael Tunnell


I am deeply saddened to hear that my former trumpet professor, Dr. Michael Tunnell, lost his battle with cancer yesterday morning. He was always full of kindness and compassion and had the most gentle heart. Doc T actually played a major role in shaping my career and future.

In March 2001, I was a country girl from a small town with no history of private music lessons. I sat in his studio with my tarnished trumpet scared to death. I felt so out of place. I have no idea what he saw or heard that day, but I am forever thankful that he offered me a music scholarship. Combined with an academic scholarship for good grades, I was able to graduate with my bachelors in music education completely debt free.

Attending the University of Louisville opened many doors which shaped who I am as a musician, who I am as an educator, and who I am as a person. I cannot imagine what my life would be like today if Doc T had not decided to invest his time (and the school's money) on this small town girl. Doc T, thank you for making me a Louisville Cardinal. I hope I bring honor to you and to the university as I continue my career as a music educator.

Rest in peace, Doc. May God be with the Tunnell Family.

Follow this link for his full obituary.