ShowBand concert shines light on Main Street
The USAO ShowBand has used its talents to raise money and awareness for a variety of causes over the years. This fall, the ensemble hopes to draw attention to a cause worthy of every Chickasha resident’s attention – Chickasha’s own Main Street District – with an upcoming concert.
The USAO ShowBand’s fall concert is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.
The event is free and open to the public.
For this show, USAO Showband Director Joe Settlemires turned to the student-musicians to create the setlist.
“This band is all about the musicians who invest their time to make it happen,” Settlemires says. “This time out, I wanted to give them the stage time to play what makes them happy and sound good.”
The playlist reflects the ShowBand’s diversity, ranging from country, blues and jazz standards to more recent pop hits and spirituals.
The ensemble this year includes Jesus Almendarez, a sophomore music major from Devol; Tiffany Ballew, a freshman music major from Watonga; Olen Cox, a senior music major from Grant; Bret Embry, a freshman music major from Chickasha; Lisa Fruit, a senior speech language pathology major from Mustang; and Harrison Guy, a sophomore biology major from Oklahoma City;
Other players include Emily Harrison, a sophomore speech language pathology major from Lindsay; Kendra Hollenbeck, a sophomore music major from Mannsville; Drake King, a sophomore psychology major from Fort Towson; Colten Neighbors, a junior music major from Lawton; and Katlynn Worner, a junior mathematics major from Moore.
Businesses and organizations affiliated with the Chickasha Main Street program will have tables set up before and after the show to show off the products and services available.
Donna Settlemires, assistant director to the ShowBand, sees the vitality of the university and the downtown area as being bound together.
“Main Street and USAO are two of the oldest institutions in town,” Settlemires says. “In a way, they are both part of what makes Chickasha what it is.”
“We want to do everything in our power to make sure folks know about all the great businesses and services available right here at home, especially as we head into the Christmas season.”
Laurie Allen, director of the Main Street Chickasha program, is excited for another opportunity to highlight Chickasha’s historic downtown area.
“We’re doing everything we can to move the conversation about the Main Street district out into every part of town,” Allen says. “We want USAO students and supporters to know about the new businesses that have opened and the importance of keeping Chickasha’s economy local.”
“Whether they visit to do some shopping at the bookstore or just get a cup of coffee, we want them to know that the Main Street district is a safe, fun place to hang out.”
Exhibitors will set up in the lobby of Te Ata Memorial Auditorium around 6:30 p.m. before the concert. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early enough to spend some time learning about the area businesses.
Allen encourages businesses not currently affiliated with the program but interested in setting up to get involved with the Chickasha Main Street program.
More information about the program can be obtained from the organization’s page on Facebook or by calling 829-0222.