Eric Feuerborn

Spring Showband Concert Features Music for Everyone

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The music of Whitney Houston, Bob Wills, Linda Ronstadt, Frank Sinatra and a special surprise conclusion will be just part of the spring concert of the Showband at the University of Science and Arts April 10.

The concert is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium on the USAO campus. The performance is free and open to the public.

Fiddle player Monte Gaylord will be the featured guest for the concert. Gaylord is no stranger to Chickasha. He performed with the Showband during their 2006 spring concert. Video of the concert is available at usao.edu/news in USAO TV under "Showband Spring Concert."

Gaylord's musical career started at age 18, but his love for music began earlier. He began playing an old guitar that belonged to his father at four years old. At age 14, he picked up a fiddle.

Over the years, he has played with Asleep at the Wheel, Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn, and was with Clint Black for seven years. He also has performed for three U.S. presidents.

More recently, Gaylord has traveled the world playing with the Franklin Graham Festivals with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. In 2007, he visited South America, Japan, China and Korea.

Gaylord has been the Oklahoma State Fiddle Champion more times than any other contestant and has won the title at least 15 times.

In addition to Gaylord, the Showband also welcomes guest performer Carson Jobe, a senior bachelor of fine arts major at USAO. Jobe is scheduled to graduate in April and is the son of Donna Settlemires, assistant director of the Showband.

As with past concerts, the Showband has a special surprise for the closing number. "The close will be a zinger. The girls in the group came up with the idea. It is along the same lines as the "Proud Mary" closing a few years back. People need to come see this number," Settlemires said.

Over the past few years, the USAO Showband has gained a reputation for combining pop, blues, big band, jazz and country styles into soulful and energetic performances.

Under the direction of guitarist Joe Settlemires, the youngest surviving member of the Texas Playboys, the Showband has performed across the state as ambassadors to USAO for more than five years. A noted musician in his own right, Settlemires has been inducted into four musical halls of fame, including three western swing organizations. Settlemires arranges all the music and directs the Showband with the assistance of his wife, Donna.

The Showband features brass, rhythm section, drums and vocalists. “I’ve worked with many professionals in my life, but working with the students at USAO is truly an honor. The group of students in the band is dedicated and truly want to learn the craft,” Settlemires said.

In 2007, the Showband released its first CD, an album recorded and produced in Nashville by Bradley. The CD is for sale in the USAO Bookstore for $15 and online from several sources.