* About Booker *
Biography
Booker T. Scruggs, II, currently serves as adjunct
professor of sociology at the University of
Tennessee at Chattanooga.  Known throughout
the city for his long term commitment and
dedication to the youth of the city, Scruggs recently
retired as director of Upward Bound at UTC after
thirty-six years with the program.
Clarinetist/saxophonist, Scruggs plays clarinet on
two albums of gospel and inspirational music--  
"My Tribute" (in memory of his father) and "Let Not
Your Heart Be Troubled" (in memory of his
grandmother).  All proceeds from CD sales went to
support program activities for Upward Bound
students at UTC.  Scruggs is also the creator and
clarinetist of the Maxtiam Trio, which provides
gospel, jazz, and classic standards for various
local and out-of-town events.
In 2005, he produced The Maxtiam Trio's CD, "A
Salute to The Duke," a collection of favorite songs
written by Duke Ellington.  "A Salute to The Duke"
has generated over $10,000 for scholarships to
deserving students throughout the southeastern
region of the United States.  For this initiative,
Scruggs was recently recognized as an "Unsung
Hero" by SAEOPP*, a regional, educational
organization.
In addition to playing in churches and on college
campuses throughout the United States, in 2006
Scruggs played for a regional conference of the
United Methodist Church in Vienna, Austria.  He is
a member of Bethlehem-Wiley United Methodist
Church, where he plays for the church's offeratory
each week.  He is a clarinetist with the
Chattanooga Clarinet Choir, and saxophonist with
the Chattanooga Gospel Orchestra, and the
Spectrum Jazz Band.
Since 1970, Scruggs has served as host of "Point
of View," the world's longest running, locally
produced, television show, which is seen weekly
on WDEF-TV and Comcast Cable 3.  He also
serves as the producer of the show.  Scruggs is
very active in community organizations, including
life memberships in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and
the NAACP.
In 2008, he received the following awards and
recognitions: The M.L. King, Jr. Birthday
Celebration Community Service Award presented
by The Unity Group; inducted into the African
American Educators Hall of Fame by Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority; and presented the Local Lifetime
Achievement Award by the 89th Annual Convention
of the National Association of Negro Musicians.

*Southeastern Association of Educational
Opportunity Program Personnel
Avocations
Community Service Organizations:
-----RE:START (READ) of Chattanooga, Board
Member
-----Memorial Auditorium/Tivoli Theatre, Board
Member
-----NAACP, Life Member
-----Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Life Member
-----Bethlehem-Wiley United Methodist Church
-----Chattanooga Tennis Association, Board
Member (on 2003 State Championship Team)
-----"Point of View" Television Program, WDEF-TV
(CBS Affiliate), Committee Chair, Producer, and
Host ("Point of View" is the longest running, locally
produced, television show in the world--- first aired
in 1954)
Booker T. Scruggs, II
See Interview on WTCI’s “The A List” at:
http://wtcitv.org/programs/the-a-list
It is with great pride that we announce that the
Booker T. Scruggs Ensemble won the BEST JAZZ
BAND award in the 2009 Chattanooga Times Free
Press FYI MUSIC AWARDS.  For more details,
click
here.
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