USAO Ensembles Present April Fool's Concert

Dozens of students are gearing up for the annual USAO Droverspirit Wind Ensemble and Key Players spring concert April 1 in the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., both ensembles will provide an evening of eclectic and upbeat music. The concert is free and open to the public.

USAO Ensembles Present April Fool's Concert


CHICKASHA -- Who's the biggest fool of all? Perhaps the one who misses the free spring concert on April Fool's Day at the University of Science and Arts. At 7:30 p.m., April 1, the USAO Droverspirit Wind Ensemble and the Key Players of USAO entertain during an evening of upbeat, eclectic music in the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.

" The Droverspirit Wind Ensemble presents a colorful world travelogue program," said Dr. Dan Hanson, " including the music of the American Southwest, several memorable Irish Celtic classics, a new contemporary work by Oklahoman Ed Huckeby, a great Sousa march and one hard-rocking classic by the Beatles." Hanson is a professor of music and director of both ensembles.

The concert is free and open to the public.

" This challenging repertoire showcases an impressive range of talent from this small, but versatile wind ensemble," he said. " Performers are drawn from every course of study across the campus. Membership is open to anyone who enjoys creating great music in the spirit of fun and entertainment."

Hanson's Key Players, a synthesizer-based ensemble with drums, guitar and bass, joins the line-up for the concert.

" The unique synthesizer ensemble invites you to join us for a dazzling display of instrumental music versatility," he said. " The synthesizer keyboard group will surprise you with rich, powerful and complex sounds. We can play in any style for any occasion."

Members of the group include Mickey DeFord from Moore, Susanna Hayworth from Anadarko, Daniel Pool from Lindsay, Bobby Sanders from Minco, Houston Green from Gage and Hanson.

Although Hanson describes the Droverspirit Wind Ensemble as " a welcome break from the normal routine of classroom studies," he said both ensembles " serve to educate and entertain while meeting degree requirements for the student."

Selected members of the groups also serve as the Pep Band at home basketball games. Scholarships are available to each member of both ensembles.