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12/11/2013 3:07:00 PM
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Lander University Department of Music chair Dr. Lila Noonkester, left, thanked Lander custodian Tommy Tumblin for his generosity to Lander music students during Lander’s Jazz Ensemble concert, last Thursday night. Joining Noonkester and Tumblin onstage, from left to right, were music students Markela Dandy, of Graniteville, whom Tumblin gave a bass; Ashley Redden, of Columbia, the recipient of a guitar; Ricardo Rodriguez, of Williamston, the recipient of percussion instruments; Cameron Burks, of Lexington, who was given a guitar; and Carlton Jamison, of Saluda, who is scheduled to receive percussion instruments in the spring.

 
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Lander University Department of Music chair Dr. Lila Noonkester, left, thanked Lander custodian Tommy Tumblin for his generosity to Lander music students during Lander’s Jazz Ensemble concert, last Thursday night. Joining Noonkester and Tumblin onstage, from left to right, were music students Markela Dandy, of Graniteville, whom Tumblin gave a bass; Ashley Redden, of Columbia, the recipient of a guitar; Ricardo Rodriguez, of Williamston, the recipient of percussion instruments; Cameron Burks, of Lexington, who was given a guitar; and Carlton Jamison, of Saluda, who is scheduled to receive percussion instruments in the spring.


 
  
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Tommy Tumblin, left, is shown holding the guitar he purchased for Lander software development major Tripp Guinn, of Elberton, Ga. Joining Tumblin are, from left, Fretworks music store manager Chris Robertson, who has assisted Tumblin in purchasing instruments for several years; and Lander custodian Jeff Anderson, to whom Tumblin gave a bass.

 
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Tommy Tumblin, left, is shown holding the guitar he purchased for Lander software development major Tripp Guinn, of Elberton, Ga. Joining Tumblin are, from left, Fretworks music store manager Chris Robertson, who has assisted Tumblin in purchasing instruments for several years; and Lander custodian Jeff Anderson, to whom Tumblin gave a bass.

Over the years, Lander University custodian Tommy Tumblin, otherwise known as “Tommy Claus,” has given away numerous instruments to Lander music students.

Last week, during Lander’s Jazz Ensemble concert, Department of Music chair Dr. Lila Noonkester thanked Tumblin for his generosity to others by presenting him with a plaque.

Noonkester expressed gratitude to Tumblin for his “service to Lander and for setting an important example of benevolence for our student musicians and for us all.”

This year, fellow custodians Jeff Anderson and Warren Callaham, as well as Tripp Guinn, a software development major from Elberton, Ga., whom Tumblin met this summer, also got instruments, with Callaham and Guinn receiving guitars and Anderson a bass.

Every year, Tumblin collects toys donated by Lander faculty, staff and students for distribution to area children, ages 4 to 6. He called the annual toy drive “what I live for.”

Members of the community who have new or gently used toys they would like to contribute may also do so, either by placing gifts in one of the Tommy Claus toy donation boxes, set up around campus, or by contacting Tumblin directly, at 864-229-0137. The deadline for this year’s toy drive is Friday, Dec. 13.

Tumblin thanked the members of the Lander community, and others, who have already contributed. “I want to wish all of you a merry Christmas,” he said.



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