Dinner and a Show Featured in Fall Vocal Jazz Ensemble Banquet

Photo of the jazz group


It's the classic night of entertainment -- dinner and a show -- as the Vocal Jazz Ensemble of the University of Science and Arts presents its fall banquet Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom at the college.

Tickets are $25 for the general public and $15 for fulltime USAO students. Admission includes a full course meal and live entertainment. To purchase tickets, call 574-1293 or email at Tickets also can be purchased at the door, but seating is limited. A silent auction also is scheduled during the banquet.   

“The thing about this fundraiser is simple. Most people like you and me are asked to give with nothing in return -- accept the good feeling you get when you give. Here you are getting something in return for your gift -- a good meal, live entertainment and you don’t have to leave Chickasha,” said Dr. Ken Bohannon, director of the ensemble and associate professor of music.

“You don’t have to buy a candle or chocolate candy bar or a can of popcorn that you really didn’t want anyway.  Also, with tax and tip at the local restaurant, you can’t eat a full course meal for under $10.  You would spend at least $10 in gas to drive to Oklahoma City to see a show like this and still have to pay for a ticket.  So it’s a win-win situation — you feel good about giving, you get great entertainment and a great meal.” 

The ensemble is scheduled to perform several solos and a mix of Christmas Jazz tunes including Puttin On The Ritz, Hark The Herald Angels Sing, Java Jive, Chili Con Carne, Dream, Puttin On My Ragtime Shoes and Satin Doll.

"The purpose of the banquet is to raise funds for travel outside of Oklahoma," Bohannon said. "We are still planning the destination of this year's trip. Last year's group travelled to New Orleans. They gave five performances on the trip -- three in New Orleans and two at two junior colleges along the way. As part of the educational experience, we were able to see several live performances of jazz at the International Jazz Fest in New Orleans."

In addition to a trip out of state, Bohannon said the group also hopes to travel with USAO recruiters to state high schools from January-March.

Since the ensemble's conception in the fall of 2007, they have given more than 20 performances off-campus in addition to many on-campus performances. The Ensemble is scheduled to perform during the Christmas Under The Dome event on Dec. 15 in Oklahoma City. Ticket information for this event is available at /dome

Members of the ensemble include Crystal Davis, a music major from Oklahoma City; Brittany Mealer, a music major from Okay; Scott Pitts, a music major from Comanche; Matthew Pitts, a music major from Comanche; Mac Stephenson, a music major from Healdton; Adam Hackett, a computer science major from Norman; Logan Rogers, a music major from Duncan; Josh Smith, a music major from Blanchard; Ashton House, a music major from Hydro; Molly Tracey, an early childhood education major from Middleton, Rhode Island; Katie Boyd, a music major from Chickasha; Jessica Fowler, an English major from Yukon; Jerod Frizzell, a music major from Lindsay; Ty Greenhalgh, a music major from Chickasha; and staff accompanist Rhenada Finch.