OBU Symphonic Band to Perform

Oklahoma Baptist University's Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will perform their annual Spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 18, in Yarborough Auditorium on the university's campus.

The program contains an eclectic mix of works by American composers, including works by John Zdechlik, Charles Young, Jack Stamp, and Percy Grainger.

The 60-member Symphonic Band is under the direction of Dr. Jim Hansford, OBU professor of music.

The Symphonic Band comprises students from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, North Carolina, Tennessee, New Mexico, Montana, Iowa, Idaho and Virginia.

The band performs in a variety of settings -- formal evening concerts, school assembly programs, Sunday morning worship services and after-church fellowships -- and its repertoire includes a variety of traditional, contemporary, and sacred symphonic band literature.

Hansford, who joined OBU's faculty in 1990, is an active adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor. He served three times as conductor of the Texas Baptist All-State Band and will conduct the Oklahoma Baptist All-State Symphonic Band this summer for the fifth straight summer. Other guest conducting opportunities have included. All-Region High School Honor Bands in Texas and Oklahoma and the Kentucky Baptist All-State Orchestra, as well as the conference band for the Glorieta Church Music Conference four times.

Before coming to OBU, he served for eight years as a music professor and director

of bands at Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, Texas, and as director of bands at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, Okla. He also was minister of music at First Baptist Church, Durant, for seven years and a public school band director in Freeport and Denton, Texas.

He earned the bachelor of music degree at the University of Southern Mississippi and the master and doctor of philosophy degrees in music at the University of North Texas in Denton.

Dr. Kristen Stauffer, assistant professor of music, will lead a "Pre-Concert Conversation" at 6:30 in room 203 of Raley Chapel. The lecture and concert are free and open to the public.