• Alumni

    Russell Welch Hot Quartet Releases CD

    The Russell Welch Hot Quartet is celebrating the release of their new CD, Mississippi Gypsy with a CD release party Saturday,
    1/24/15 at the Spotted Cat Music Club in New Orleans. Acoustic jazz guitarist, Russell Welch, is a native of Jackson, Ms. and a Jazz Studies graduate of the Academic and Performing Arts Complex (APAC) in Jackson and the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. He has performed for audiences in 13 countries, and counting, all over the world. Russell is based in New Orleans, where he plays, records, and tours with several vintage jazz bands. "Mississippi Gipsy" is his third, gypsy jazz album, and his second all-original.


                                                                                           MS Gipsy




    Cemiyon Barber Wins Scholarship

    The Wells APAC Dance Department is very proud to announce that one of their former students, Cemiyon Barber is now attending Purchase College in New York City (An arts college rated number 1 in the country) with a $50,000 scholarship per year.


    His story began with dance when Cemiyon auditioned for dance during his 7th grade year. He was gladly accepted and began his training with us at APAC. Cemiyon was a quick study and an extremely hard worker and progressed even faster than we had imagined. By his 9th grade year he was awarded the Idyllwild Performing Arts scholarship in California for the summer. Idyllwild offered Cemiyon a full scholarship at $60,000 a year to stay for his high school years. He excelled academically and grew to be a remarkable young dancer. He stayed at Idyllwild for 3 years winning all kinds of auditions, competitions, awards and teachers respect. In his senior year Cemiyon auditioned for different art colleges and was accepted into all. But, in the end Purchase College was his choice. Cemiyon comes back to APAC to work with dance students, encourage them to work hard and go after their dreams.