Symphonic Band Concert April 27

The Oklahoma Baptist University Symphonic Band, under the director of Dr. Jim Hansford, will present its annual spring concert on Thursday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m., in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium.

The ensemble will perform a variety of compositions including works from the standard wind band and contemporary band repertoire. Michael Ware, a senior theory and composition major from Edmond, Okla., will have a composition featured in the program.

Kevin Pruiett, OBU assistant professor of music and director of the Bison Jazz Orchestra will guest conduct a work by Richard Wagner.

The evenings concert will include “Kirkpatrick Fanfare,” by Andrew Boysen; “Pie Jesu,” Andrew Lloyd Webber and Gabriel Faure, arranged by James Sudduth; “Pastime,” by Jack Stamp; “Old Home Days,” by Charles Ives, arranged by Jonathan Elkus; “Symphonic Suite,” by Clifton Williams; “Trauersinfonie,” by Richard Wagner, edited by Erik Leidzen; “Prelude on a Hymn of Praise,” by James Curnow; and “The Echo Never Fades,” by David Gillingham.

The 2006 edition of the Symphonic Band includes members from 10 states: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and Washington. Half of the band is comprised of music majors and the balance of the membership comes from academic areas across the campus, ranging from chemistry and computer science to cross-cultural ministry and elementary education.

“The most stressful part of this final concert each year is saying ‘so long’ to all these outstanding senior band members,” said Hansford, OBU professor of music and director of bands. “They have provided immense leadership and musical inspiration to our band program for the past four years and will be sincerely missed.

“This group includes seven music majors, a band president, my student secretary, and several section leaders,” Hansford said. “All have been strong contributors to many facets of our organization.”

Eleven graduating seniors will be recognized during the concert, including Elise Anderson, a musical arts major from Tishomingo; Andrew Butler, a church music major from Bowling Green, Ky.; Katie Cease, a music education major from Tulsa; Emily Elmen, an elementary education major from Lewisville, Texas; Cheryl Graham, an elementary education major from Claremore; Aaron Jameson, a church music major from Yakima, Wash.; Clare Reeves, a nursing major from Roeland Park, Kansas; Renee Rosbrugh, a science education major from Columbia, Md.; Jeremy Simmons, a church music major from Grapevine, Texas; Jenny Smith, a music education major from Bolivar, Mo.; and Ware.

Hansford earned bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, and completed his master’s and Ph.D. degrees at the University of North Texas. He has served as conductor of the Baptist All-State Symphonic Band since 1992 and has traveled with the group across the United States and internationally to England and Canada.

Hansford also has served as conductor of the OBU/Shawnee Community Orchestra since it’s inception in 2002.

The public is invited to the April 27 concert. There is no admission charge.