USAO News Bureau

USAO Jazz Ensemble Provides New Orleans Flare on April 1

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The University of Science and Arts Vocal Jazz Ensemble will bring a taste of New Orleans to Chickasha during its upcoming concert, titled “New Orleans Bound,” scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, in the USAO Alumni Chapel.

The event is free and open to the public.

In addition, the ensemble will travel to New Orleans, with small performances along the way, and ultimately performing at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park on May 1.

The trip will not only provide the students with professional performing experience, it will also assist in USAO recruitment efforts of attracting the right students who will thrive at USAO.

“We pride ourselves on providing an atmosphere for our students where they can grow within their talent and skills while also gaining a valuable experience along the way,” said Dr. Ken Bohannon. “My students are extremely talented and I am very proud of what they have accomplished this year.”

Bohannon is the coordinator of the music department at USAO and an associate professor of music.

Highlights of the show will be solos from different students singing, “Fly Me to the Moon,” “My Way,” “Cry me a River” and “Maybe this Time.” Other pieces include “Blue Skies,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” and “The Way You Look Tonight.”

The ensemble this year includes Oscar Hernandez, senior music major from Chickasha; Benjamin Gaskins, freshman theatre arts major from Lexington; Matthew Pitts, junior music major from Comanche; Victoria Chinn, sophomore music major from Norman; Cherokee Howell, sophomore music major from Chickasha; Lindsay Robbins, junior music major from Moore; and Emily Felts, freshman music major from Yukon.

Other performers include Harrison Guy, junior business major from Oklahoma City, on bass guitar, Wayne Williams, sophomore from Chickasha, on drums, and Rhenada Finch, adjunct instructor, serving as the ensemble’s accompanist.

More information about the concert can be obtained by calling Dr. Bohannon at 574-1293.