Two College Groups in One Concert Monday Night

“A dazzling display of instrumental music versatility” is how Dr. Dan Hanson, professor of music at USAO, describes the Fall Concert of the Concert Wind Ensemble and Key Players this Monday in USAO’s Te Ata Memorial Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. (click photo for Wind Ensemble photo)

Two College Groups in One Concert Monday Night


Two concerts on the same night for free -- priceless. That's what the Concert Wind Ensemble and the Key Players Rock Ensemble at the University of Science and Arts is offering Nov. 23.

The combined concert is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium on the USAO campus. The concert is free and open to the public. Both groups are under the direction of Dr. Dan Hanson, professor of music at USAO.

"The concert will be a dazzling display of instrumental music versatility," Hanson said. "The synthesizer keyboard group (Key Players) will surprise you with rich, powerful and complex sounds," The group is scheduled to play 10 classic rock hits, a unique arrangement of Chariots of Fire and a classical work by Mendelssohn.

Members of the Key Players include John McCool of Austin, Joy James of Oklahoma City, Ashton House of Lookeba-Sickles, Candace Shanholtzer of Sulphur, Brandon Calderon of Choctaw, Jesse Merritt of Minco and Hilary Devries of Tulsa.

"The Wind Ensemble will present a colorful and challenging program with the music of Oklahoman Ed Huckeby, Frank Ticheli, Felix Mendelssohn, Anne McGinty and others," Hanson said.

"Our repertoire showcases an impressive range of talent from this small, but versatile, wind ensemble. Performers are drawn from every course of study at USAO." Membership in the Wind Ensemble is open to anyone who enjoys performing music in a spirit of creativity. The group rehearses on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:30 p.m.

"The Wind Ensemble is a welcome break from the routine of classroom studies. The band provides a quality social and performing experience for everyone," Hanson said.

Both groups serve to educate and entertain while meeting degree requirements at USAO. Selected members of the Wind Ensemble serve as the Pep Band at home basketball games. Scholarships are available to each member of both ensembles.

Hanson received a bachelor of music degree in music theory from Texas Tech University in 1975 and a master of music degree in theory and composition from Texas Tech in 1981. He completed a doctor of musical arts degree in composition at the University of North Texas in 1987.  Currently serving his 23rd year as a member of the faculty at USAO, Hanson teaches music theory, composition and percussion. Hanson, who plays more than a dozen different musical instruments, recently added the accordion to his repertoire.