Symphonic Band to Tour San Antonio

Oklahoma Baptist University's 48-member Symphonic Band will tour in the San Antonio, Texas-area Feb. 26-March 1, playing under the direction of Dr. Jim Hansford, OBU Burton Patterson Professor of Music and Director of Bands.

The trip will include concerts at Trinity Baptist Church, San Antonio, on the morning of Sunday, Feb. 28; an evening concert at Northwest Hills Baptist Church, New Braunfels, Texas, on Sunday; and a concert for the 2010 Texas Association of Private Parochial Schools Central Region Instrumental Contest at the New Braunfels Christian Academy on Monday, March 1, at noon. Groups in attendance at this concert will include bands from eight private schools in the San Antonio region.

Oklahoma Baptist University's 48-member Symphonic Band will tour churches and schools in San Antonio Feb. 26-March 1.

The OBU Symphonic 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.

The band has toured extensively in the Central, Southern and Southwestern United States including trips to Denver; Tucson, Ariz.; Phoenix; Fort Worth, Texas; Austin, Texas; Houston; New Orleans; Baton Rouge, La.; Shreveport, La.; St. Louis; Albuquerque, N.M.; and, most recently, Kansas City, Mo. The Symphonic Band has recorded a promotional compact disk of 10 sacred concert band works published by Genovox Publishing of LifeWay Christian Resources.

Hansford, an active adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor for more 40 years, has served on three occasions as conductor of the Texas Baptist All-State Band. As conductor of the Oklahoma Baptist All-State Symphonic Band since 1993, he has led the group on Oklahoma Baptist Convention-sponsored international tours to England and Vancouver, British Columbia. He also led the group to Boston on the "Heart Awakening: Reaching Boston for Christ" mission trip, which included the 250-voice Baptist All-State Choir.

Hansford served as a writer and senior editor of a 400-page textbook, "The Instrumental Resource for Church and School," which was released by LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville. He serves as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician with public school bands. He also presents at regional and national instrumental church music workshops, most recently at the Atlanta Metro Instrumental Conference. Hansford has served as conductor of the OBU-Shawnee Community Orchestra since its inception in 2001.

Before coming to OBU, he served in similar positions at Wayland Baptist University and Southeastern State University. For seven years he was minister of music at First Baptist Church, Durant, Okla., and prior to that a public school band director in Freeport, Texas, and Denton, Texas. He earned a bachelor's degree in music education at the University of Southern Mississippi and a master's degree and doctorate in music at the University of North Texas.

Of OBU's nearly 1,800 students, 238 are declared majors in the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts. The college includes divisions of art, communication arts and music, and employs 28 full-time and 12 adjunct fine arts faculty members.