Oklahoma Baptist University

Instrumental Groups, Alumni Reunion Band Perform Saturday

Concluding OBU's Centennial Homecoming Celebration, instrumental groups will take the stage Saturday, Nov. 13, at 8:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The event will feature an OBU Symphonic Band Alumni Reunion Concert, as well as performances by the current OBU Symphonic Band and Bison Jazz Orchestra. The public is invited to attend.

Conductors for the OBU Symphonic Band Alumni Reunion Concert will be Dr. Ron Howell, who served at the university from 1972-88, and Dr. Jim Hansford, who served from 1990-2010. The concert will include selections from among composers including Alfred Reed, Gustav Holst, John Philip Sousa, Percy Grainger and Mark Rogers.

The OBU Symphonic Band will present a "preview concert" under the direction of Dr. Lauren Denney Wright, assistant professor of music and director of bands. The Symphonic Band concert will include "After a Gentle Rain: The Dark Green Glistens with Old Reflections" by Anthony Iannaccone, "Shortcut Home" by Dana Wilson and "Xerxes" by John Mackey.

The Symphonic Band traditionally 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. Comprised of the most accomplished instrumental musicians on campus, the Symphonic Band maintains a strong commitment to performing quality wind band works of high artistic merit. Recent tours have taken the band to schools and churches in Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, Arizona, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Arkansas.

The Bison Jazz Orchestra will play under the direction of Dr. Kevin Pruiett, associate professor of music and coordinator of instrumental music. The BJO concert will include "Pennsylvania 6-5000" by Jerry Gray, arranged by Jeff Hest; "Somewhere" by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, arranged by Roger Holmes; "The Lady Is a Tramp" by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers, arranged by Dave Wolpe; "Not to Be Forgotten" by Pat Metheny, arranged by Robert Curnow; and "Cruisin' for a Bluesin'" by Andy Winer, arranged by Peter Blair.

The premiere jazz ensemble of OBU, the group performs a wide variety of big band music ranging from music of the swing band era to contemporary big band works. The ensemble performs regularly across the OBU campus and throughout the Shawnee community. The BJO recently traveled to Brazil on tour. In addition to music majors, members of the Bison Jazz Orchestra are pursuing degrees in a wide variety of majors and disciplines.

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