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Lee Thurman Lumbley

Registration number 20090418H

This certifies that the heraldic arms of Lee Thurman Lumbley are registered as an original design and are described by the blazon below

Arms: Argent on a fess Gules three roundels Or between three popinjays beaked membered and collared of the second two in chief one in base.
Crest: Out of a crest coronet of five leaves Or a griffin rampant coward per fess Argent and Azure holding a cross of Saint Cuthbert proper
Motto: DEUS ET MEUS IUS (God and my right)
Badge: A rose Argent seeded Or leaved Vert crowned by a coronet of five leaves Or.


2009 Burke's Peerage and Gentry International Register of Arms 0157

Biographical information

Lee Lumbley is originally from Texas and attended Rice University in Houston and The Julliard School in New York. His artistic résumé includes careers as a film and television producer, composer, and operatic tenor. Most recently Mr. Lumbley’s producing projects include the films: Last Flight to Savannah (2004) with American director Robert Pietri, The Real Ones (2003) with American director Henry Lee, Under the Willow Tree (2003) with Chinese director Sen-I Yu, El Ricon de Venezuela (The Venezuelan Corner) (2003) with Venezuelan director Reyther Orgeta, The end side of a carousel (2003) with Chinese director Ming Chen, music video: For Reasons Unexplained (2004) for Sony artist Casey Stratton with Trinidadian director Vashti Anderson, and PBS television series Sesame Street (2003-4).As a composer, he studied with Normal Nelson at West Texas State University and Paul Cooper at Rice University. Mr. Lumbley’s first major work, Angel Dances - A Dancework in Eight Segments was written in tribute to American choreographer Mark Morris and recorded in 1996 along with Tango M, scored for orchestra. In 1997, his Hodie Christus natus est was premiered by the San Jacinto College Choir in Houston, Texas. Lee’s concerto for piano and orchestra L'hommage a la nuit was composed in 1999 for the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Piano Competition and recorded in 2002 along with my Symphony of Myself, his first symphony. In 2003, his Sonata per pianoforte and Aria per un giorno primaverile (Song for a Spring Day) was written for solo piano and recorded. He also served as artist-in-residence for the Opera/Music Theater Institute in Washington, DC and as guest composer/lecturer at San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas.As an operatic tenor, Mr. Lumbley studied voice with soprano Elsa Porter, protégé of Dame Eva Turner, mezzo-soprano Frances Bible, and tenor Denes Striny. His last performance credits include the Amalfi Coast Music Festival, the Ravello Music Festival, the Badia di Cava Music Festival—all in Italy, and the Bryant Park Young Performers Series in New York. His other credits include the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the American Vocal Ensemble, the Hilliard Ensemble, the National Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, and many others. Mr. Lumbley’s operatic roles included U.S. Naval Lt. B.F. Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Rinnucio in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca, the title role in Bernstein's Candide, Faust in Gounod's Faust, Il Duca di Mantua in Verdi's Rigoletto, Nemorino in Donizetti's Il elisir d'mor, and many others. In 1995, he received the BRAVO! award for his contributions to the vocal arts. Mr. Lumbley’s broadcast credits include the NBC Presents, PBS Great Performances, Discovery Channel, ABC National Radio, NPR National Public Radio, GMTV in the United Kingdom, and Italian National Television. Mr. Lumbley currently resides in New York.

Design rationale

While these armorial bearings are derived from those of the Earl of Scarbrough* in the British Peerage, the shield is differenced by: firstly, in this armiger’s shield there is, “a fesse Gules three roundels Or,” rather than in Lord Scarbrough‘s shield, “a fesse Gules” only; and secondly, in this armiger’s shield there are, “popinjays Vert beaked membered and collared of the second,” rather than in Lord Scarbrough‘s shield, “popinjays Vert collared of the second.” But there is neither a claim of relation nor family connection with Lord Scarbrough. It is believed that the differences described above make emphatic this point. The shield is a heraldic pun on the similarity of the family name. Similar to Lord Scarbrough’s crest, the main charge in the armiger’s crest is also a winged creature. Since the griffin is half lion and half eagle, it demonstrates descent from both England and America. The colors, Gules (in the griffon’s tongue), Argent and Azure, are the colors of both the Union Jack and the American Flag. The cross of Saint Cuthbert alludes to the shrine in the cathedral at Durham—the same part of England from whence the armiger’s family is descended. The crest coronet of five leaves has precedence in English heraldry but it is rare and so its use ensures distinctiveness.The motto is the Latin translation of, “God and my right,” but here it is intended that the right is to bear arms. Additionally, this motto, in its Latin translation, could not be identified elsewhere.The badge is the simple white rose, similar to that of York, crowned with the coronet found in the crest.

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