Eric Feuerborn

Concert Wind Ensemble, Key Players in Concert April 7 at USAO

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Two talented music groups will be featured in one night of entertainment during the Spring Concert of the Concert Wind Ensemble and The Key Players at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. The performance is scheduled April 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium on the USAO campus.

"The Wind Ensemble will present a colorful and challenging program with the music of Leonard Bernstein, Dmitri Shostakovich, Howard Hanson, Vaclav Nelhybel, James Curnow and Anne McGinty," said Dr. Dan Hanson, professor of music and director of both groups.

“This repertoire showcases an impressive range of talent from this small, but versatile, wind ensemble. Performers are drawn from every course of study across the campus. Membership is open to anyone who enjoys creating challenging music in a spirit of fun and entertainment,” Hanson said. The group rehearses Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:30 p.m.

“The Wind Ensemble is a welcome break from the routine of classroom studies. The band provides a quality social and performing experience for everyone. Both musical groups serve to educate and entertain while meeting degree requirements for the student.”

Selected members of the Wind Ensemble serve as the Pep Band at home basketball games. Scholarships are available to each member of both ensembles.

In addition to the Wind Ensemble, the Key Players of USAO also will perform during the concert.

“This synthesizer keyboard group will surprise you with rich, powerful and complex sounds. The group will rock out with eight of the greatest hits from the 1960s," Hanson said.

The Key Players include Stephanie Goodwin, a music major from Midwest City; Brandon Calderon, a music major from Choctaw; Jesse Merritt, an English major from Minco; Hilary Devries, a biology major from Tulsa; Jason Hobbs, a music major from Waurika and Hanson.