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Grammy Winning Jax Native Brings Inner-City Kids To Paris

Ulysses Owens Jr.

Grammy award-winning drummer, Julliard graduate, and Jacksonville native Ulysses Owens Jr. has performed with world-class musicians from Patti Austin to Wynton Marsalis.What’s more, he believes in the power of music and the arts to bring a better life to underserved kids.

Owens is one of the founders of Don’t Miss a Beat, whose mission is to use the arts to inspire and empower inner-city students.

This summer, Don't Miss a Beat will take a delegation of local students from the Brooklyn-Riverside neighborhoods for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Paris. At a different point in the summer, French students will visit North Florida.

"I believe in the power of the arts," says Owens. "I wasn't a great student, but once I got into music, it gave me a path. I'm excited to be doing the same thing for the next generation."

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Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.