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OC, high school bands to collaborate for winter concert

The public is invited to Oklahoma Christian University's free, collaborative winter band concert with area high school band students at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Judd Theater in the Garvey Center on OC's campus.

Colleges and universities often require auditions for high school students to perform with a university band. However, OC has allowed all interested high school students the chance to perform with the OC ensemble band on Thursday without an audition.

The collaborative concert will include more than 30 high school students from Chandler, Deer Creek, Edmond Memorial, Edmond North, Edmond Santa Fe, Luther, Oklahoma Christian Academy, Oklahoma School Bands, Tuttle and Wellston high schools.

The concert will feature several classics of wind band literature and highlight American composers.

Together, OC musicians and high school students will play through “Bandology” by Eric Osterling, “Variations on a Shakery Melody” by Aaron Copland, “Rippling Watercolors” by Brian Balmages and “Carnegie Anthem” by Wiliam Owens.

After the combined band performance, the OC symphonic band will perform “The Hounds of Spring” by Alfred Reed, three movements of “Lincolnshire’s Posy” by Percy Grainger and conclude with “Danza Final” by Alberto Ginestera.

In addition to the symphonic band, Thursday's concert in Judd Theater will feature performances from OC’s Jazz Band, which is led by OC Department of Music Chair Heath Jones.