State Collegiate Band Selects Four USAO Students

Monday, February 12, 2007

CHICKASHA – Each year, Oklahoma’s top 100 college student musicians are selected to perform in the All-Collegiate Honor Band. This year, four students from the University of Science and Arts made the cut, earning themselves a place of honor among their peers.

At an Oklahoma Music Educators Conference held in downtown Tulsa, the band showcased its statewide talent in January.

Dr. Stephen Weber, associate professor of music, was there for the performance.

“It’s quite a recognition for our students to participate in a band made up of 100 of the best students from bands from all the campuses across the state,” Weber said. “I saw the performance – they were awesome!”

The All-Collegiate Band invites a world-renowned guest conductor every year to direct the band’s performance. This year’s guest was composer Dr. Jack Stamp of the University of Indiana in Pennsylvania.

For Dr. Dan Hanson, professor of music and director of instrumental ensembles, the students represent the University as a whole.

“These talented students exemplify the best of what is right and great at USAO,” Hanson said. “The music department is extremely proud of these highly-accomplished musicians. We salute their hard work and dedication as representatives from this very special university.”

Dibble senior Danyele Oxford was selected to play trumpet in the distinguished band.

“It’s a thrilling experience to perform under a world-class conductor and with the very top players in the state,” Oxford said.

Oxford is studying both instrumental music education and elementary education. She also was selected recently to perform with the All-Collegiate Choir in March.

Josh Jaques, music senior from Moore, described the experience as “a dynamic musical opportunity that presents unusually demanding challenges.” Jaques plays the bass clarinet.

Cornet player Lisa Daniel said, “the challenging repertoire performed by this amazing group makes this an inspirational learning experience.” Daniel is a music senior from Sapulpa.

Newcastle psychology sophomore Megan Eldredge was selected to play flute in the state band.

“The amazing level of musicianship presented by the players, the conductor and the compositions made this a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Eldredge said.

Hanson said each of the students would be showcased in the upcoming Droverspirit Concert Band spring concert on March 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.