Tennessee Valley Winds
Tennessee Valley Winds Erich Zimmerman, Director
Tennessee Valley Winds Tennessee Valley Winds - A Nashville/Murfreesboro Community Concert Band Erich Zimmerman, Director


Amy Cooper

Middle Tennessee native Amy Cooper has been a member of the Tennessee Valley Winds since 1990. Amy earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Middle Tennessee State University (1996), where she studied under the direction of Joseph T. Smith, founder of the Tennessee Valley Winds, and performed in the wind ensemble, clarinet choir, musicals, chamber groups, and orchestral productions with the choir.

Amy has enjoyed a wide variety of musical activities, including the Corsi Internazionali Di Musica Festival in Urbino, Italy, the Middle Tennessee Philharmonic, and the Amy Grant Christmas Tour with the Nashville Symphony. In 1994, she traveled to London with the Tennessee Valley Winds to perform in the New Year Gala held at Wembley Arena. In 1999 she was a Tennessee Valley Winds member soloist, performing Gioachino Rosinni's clarinet concerto "Introduction, Theme and Variations". Amy has also been active in the southern gospel music industry since 1998 as a studio musician and session leader, playing on albums for various artists such as the Perrys, the Hoskins Family, Legacy 5, Ernie Haase, and many others, and in 2003 was a Dove Award nominee.

Amy is also a private lesson instructor, adjudicator for various honor bands and MTSBOA festivals, and is a staff member for the regional marching band competition Contest of Champions. She is a past member of MENC and is an active member of the Gospel Music Association. She currently performs with various ensembles in the middle Tennessee area and is a charter member of the Music City Swing Big Band where she plays tenor saxophone. She is the Personnel Director and the Clarinet Section Leader for the Tennessee Valley Winds.