Music and Candy Combination Program Returns to OBU

The fall celebration for the instrumental music fanatic with a sweet tooth, OBU's 17th annual M&M's Pops Concert, will be Thursday and Friday, October 12-13 at 7:30 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium.

The OBU Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Jim Hansford, professor of music and coordinator of instrumental music studies, and the Bison Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Pancho Romero, associate professor of music, will present 90 minute program with light musical fare including Olympics theme songs, academy award winning film scores, a march, and the best of symphonic and big band jazz.

M&M's candies will be on sale and given away throughout the program.

William James Brown, OBU professor emeritus of music, will serve his 17th year as master of ceremonies for the musical event.

The popular "Name That Tune" portion of the program will spotlight an arrangement of 11 great Hollywood motion picture themes and songs in "Hooray for Hollywood" by Warren Barker.

Also included in the program are "Olympic Fanfare" by John Williams, "Semper Fidelis" by John Philip Sousa, and "The Symphonic Duke" arranged by Tommy Newsom.

A work featuring the music of Duke Ellington will spotlight five of Ellington's greatest compositions including "Caravan," "Mood Indigo," "Satin Doll," "In a Sentimental Mood," and "Take the 'A' Train."

During the second half of the program the Bison Jazz Orchestra will play works including "Jalapeno Dreams," "Bonehead," "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most," and "The Lady Is a Tramp," featuring Brown as jazz vocalist.

The Jazz Orchestra will be debuting their second compact disc "Final Cut" at the concert. It was recorded at Cornerstone Studio in Oklahoma City last spring.

Dr. Kristen Stauffer, assistant professor of music and humanities, will present background information about music pieces on the program during the "Pre-Concert Conversation," at 6:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel 203.

Tickets may be reserved by calling 878-2305 or 878-2307. Those with advanced tickets will be given priority seating until 7:15 p.m.

Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children six and under.

"This is definitely an evening planned with the family in mind," said Hansford. "Bring the children. Jim Brown will probably have them up marching around the auditorium before the night is over.