OBU will host the 2014 Band Spectacular concert this Thursday, Nov. 20. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium located on the OBU campus in Shawnee. The public is invited to attend the free show.
The Bison Brigade performs during the homecoming week pep assembly Nov. 3. OBU photo by Bill Pope.
The performance will feature OBU's marching band, The Bison Brigade, directed by Instructor of Music and Director of Bands Ryan Meeks; the OBU Percussion Ensemble, directed by Patrick Womack, instructor of percussion; and the Bison Jazz Orchestra, under the conduction of Justin Pierce, instructor of instrumental music.
The Bison Brigade will kick things off with "Ode to Joy" by Ludwig Van Beethoven, arranged by Tom Wallace. "Ode to Joy" will be followed by a performance of "Sweet, Sweet Spirit" by Doris Akers, arranged by Jay Dawson.
OBU's Percussion Ensemble will then present two pieces, "Shock Factor" and "Edge of the World," by famed percussionist and composer Nathan Daughtrey.
The Bison Brigade will then present "Some Nights" by Andrey Dost, arranged by Michael Brown; "Walking on Sunshine" by Kimberly Rew, arranged by Tom Wallace; and "Takin' it to the Streets" by Michael McDonald, arranged by Tom Wallace.
The show will conclude with a performance from the Bison Jazz Orchestra. Pierce will conduct the group through "Cantaloupe Island" by Herbie Hancock, arranged by Mike Kamuf; "Zsa Zsa Queen" by Matt Harris; "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" by George Allen, arranged by Graham Breedlove; "Oye Como Va" by Tito Puente, arranged by Michael Phillip Morrison; "Cry Me a River" by Arthur Hamilton, arranged by Victor Lopez and featuring vocalist Courtney King, a junior from Oklahoma City; and "Take the 'A' Train" by Billy Strayhorn, arranged by Victor Lopez and also featuring King on vocals.