Jecorey "1200" Arthur is an award-winning music educator, composer, percussionist, hip hop artist, producer, and community organizer from the West End of Louisville, KY. He earned the nickname “1200” after teaching himself how to use a KORG D-1200 digital recording studio at age 12, and a decade later earned his B.M.E. and M.A.T. in Music Education at the University of Louisville. As an educator he has taught music to thousands of students, all-ages in Jefferson County Public Schools, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and beyond. As a performer he has played festival lineups such as Jungfrau Erzählfestival in Switzerland and Forecastle Festival, education concerts at New York City’s 92nd Street Y, as well as stages with the Stereo Hideout Brooklyn Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and Oregon Symphony Orchestra. He has had numerous concerts with his city’s Louisville Orchestra, including a world premiere of The Greatest: Muhammad Ali, where he starred as his hometown hero and performed with Rhiannon Giddens and Jubilant Sykes. Arthur is currently the Music Education Manager for 90.5 WUOL Classical Louisville at Louisville Public Media, Professor of Percussion Studies at HBCU Simmons College of Kentucky, a member of the IMAN Artist Roster, endorsed by Salyers Percussion, and serves as the Executive Director for Athiri, a nonprofit he founded to better communities through social change art. Follow 1200 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1200LLC


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