USAO News Bureau

USAO Showband RESCHEDULED for Dec. 2

Monday, November 18, 2013

(Due to inclement weather, this concert has been rescheduled to Dec. 2, 2013.)

The USAO Showband will demonstrate the diversity in popular music during an upcoming concert scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public.

Joe Settlemires, the showband’s director, is excited to showcase the talents of the ensemble.

“We’ve got a lot of fantastic singers and instrumentalists in the group right now so we wanted to create a show that really highlighted those talents,” Settlemires says.

Highlights of the show will include material Dolly Parton, Chuck Berry, John Denver, The Beatles and Sam Cooke, among others.

Olen Cox has been a member of the showband for four years. He says that the experience has been one of the highlights of his time at USAO.

“The showband has been so much more than just another opportunity to perform,” Cox says. “Joe and Donna treat every member like family and that just motivates me to give 110% in rehearsal and performance.”

The ensemble this year includes Jesus Almendarez, a junior music major from Devol; Courtney Cheesman, a sophomore communication major from Lawton; Olen Cox, a senior music and theatre arts major from Grant; Glenn Finley, a sophomore music major from Midwest City; Harrison Guy, a junior business major from Oklahoma City; and Kendra Hollenbeck, a junior music major from Chickasha.

Other performers include Mallorie Kimbrough, a sophomore music major from Blanchard; Drake King, a junior psychology major from Fort Towson; Colten Neighbors, a junior music major from Lawton; Tristan Smith, a senior business major from Cheyenne; Zev Stein, a sophomore music major from Oklahoma City; Sarah Willoughby, a sophomore music major from Chickasha and Kaitlyn Worner, a senior mathematics major from Moore.

More information about the concert can be obtained by calling 574-1362.