Showband promises variety in fall concert
On the heels of a year spent playing Western swing, the USAO Showband is happy to return to its roots – playing a little bit of something for everyone in the audience.
The USAO Showband is scheduled to perform an eclectic collection of American classics at 7:30 on Nov. 18 in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.
The performance is free and open to the public.
With a robust line-up composed of students, alumni and guest musicians, the band has a tasty set in store for the audience.
“We’ve got a great show planned out. The band will be playing something from every decade you can name —Louis Armstrong’s ‘Basin Street Blues’ and ‘Milk Cow Blues’ from the 20’s and 30’s all the way up through George Strait’s ‘Fool Hearted Memory.’ We’re even playing some funky disco. I think people will be surprised at the range,” said Showband Director, Joe Settlemires.
After a triumphant performance in April, playing for more than 2000 people at the 40th Annual Bob Wills Day festival in Turkey, TX, the band hasn’t been content to rest on its laurels.
The group traveled to Oklahoma City in September to play a Big Band Night Dinner to help raise money for homeless veterans. The event raised over $1600 to provide clothing and other services to veterans living in shelters and on the streets.
VFW Post 9265 Commander Michael Sexton said, “it is very uplifting to see young adults who care enough about their community and the well being of those individuals who have defended our country to give up their own free time to help make a difference. Those who attended the dinner are still raving about how wonderful the band was and would welcome the opportunity to hear them again.”
Guest performers for the show include Larry Whittle and Oklahoma singer-songwriter Denver Duncan.
Parties interested in more information are invited to call 574-1318.