Oklahoma Baptist University

Symphonic Band to Present Spring Concert April 14

The OBU Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Lauren Denney Wright, will be performing their spring concert on Thursday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium.

The concert includes traditional and newer works for the concert band medium.

“I am very proud of the hard work the students have put into the concert,” Denney Wright said. “I think there is something everyone will enjoy on this program.”

The trumpet section of the OBU Symphonic Band rehearses for the spring concert. The section includes (from left) Kade Goforth, Yonah Two Bears, Morganne Garcia and David Bacher.

The performance will open with “Chester,” by William Schuman, based on the third movement of Schuman’s “New England Triptych,” considered to be his most famous work. “On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss,” by David Holsinger, is a radical departure of the frantic tempos often employed by this composer. Instead its gentle composition is based on the 1876 Philip Bliss-Horatio Spafford hymn, “It is Well with my Soul.”

The concert will also include the children’s march “Over the Hills and Far Away,” by Percy Grainger; “Sketches on a Tudor Psalm,” by Fisher Tull; and “First Suite in E-flat,” by Gustav Holst. “Suite Dreams,” by Steven Bryant, is based on melodic fragments from a familiar work of wind band literature: Holst’s “First Suite in E-flat.”

“In Storm and Sunshine,” an exciting march by John Heed, will conclude the concert. The piece demands virtuosity from each player in the ensemble and is sure to bring excitement to the listener, Denney Wright said.

The OBU Symphonic Band includes Kaitlen Cooley, Kelsey Funkhouser, Valerie Hunt, Andre Jones, Chelsea McQuigg, Steffi Penick, Beth Polston, Cassie Sharp and Rebekah Smith on flute; Daniel Anderson, Catherine Bader, Valerie Elmen, Kaitlyn Jennings, Hana Kawasaki, Lydia Maschman, Stephanie McFall, Bethany Miles and Sarah Turner on clarinet; Brittany Seale on bass clarinet; Kayla Curtsinger on bassoon; Cara Branson, Jessica Stone and Tabitha Wasik on alto saxophone; and James Bacon on bari saxophone.

The band also includes David Bacher, Taylor Dickinson, Sara Elliott, Morganne Garcia, Kade Goforth and Yonah Two Bears on trumpet; Sara Branson, Hope Olson and Jeremy Smith on French horn; Tyler Neighbors, Mason Phillips, Jason Toney and Caleb Willis on trombone; Dusty Higgins and Jordan Robinson on euphonium; Jonathan Flowers on tuba; Senecia Becker, Mikela Brown, Rachel Byars, Robert Conley, Kaitlyn Cooley and Jessica Hernandez on percussion; and Brenden Laughlin on piano.

The concert is free and open to all OBU students, faculty, staff and the public.

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