OC presents spring instrumental concerts

Oklahoma Christian University students in Symphonic Band and Jazz Band will perform their annual Spring Band Concert April 7, followed by the Chamber Orchestra Concert April 14.

Both concerts will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium, located in the Garvey Center on the Oklahoma Christian campus. Admission to each performance is free.

The Symphonic Band and Jazz Bands are currently traveling across Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas as part of their annual tour. The concert will feature select pieces from the tour.

The Jazz Band will perform songs original by the Glenn Miller Orchestra and modern selections from the Gordon Goodwin Band, accompanied by vocalist Kandyce Everitt.

The Symphonic Band maintains an active schedule on campus, performs in local venues and goes on tour annually. The Jazz Band was named the “Outstanding Band” of the 2005 Redbud Jazz Festival at Northern Oklahoma College and has been chosen to perform at the state jazz educators conference.

The Jazz Band also has performed twice on cruise ships in the Gulf of Mexico.

Dr. John Fletcher directs the Symphonic Band and Dr. Heath Jones directs the Jazz Band.

Fletcher has been a member of OC’s faculty since 1987. He conducts the Symphonic Band and the Oklahoma Community Orchestra.

Jones joined the OC faculty in 2000. He directs the Jazz Ensemble and Sweat Band and is an active professional performer in Oklahoma City.

A campus map is available at www.oc.edu/map. For more information, call John Fletcher at (405) 425-5530.