Six Cameron University students were named to the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Honor Band by the Oklahoma Music Educators Association (OMEA). Mariama Abramson and Derik Daubenspeck, Cache; Braden Hatch and Kenneth Williams, Lawton; Gus Echols, Duncan; and Tyler Reeves, Denton, Texas, were honored with selection to the prestigious group. They joined more than 100 students from colleges and universities throughout Oklahoma to perform at OMEA’s annual winter conference in late January.
Williams, a freshman music major, was selected as first chair euphonium and performed all euphonium solos during the concert. Hatch, a music education major, performed solos on flugelhorn. He also plays trumpet.
Abramson plays clarinet; Daubenspeck plays trombone, and Echols and Reeves are percussionists.
The honor band is comprised of top band students from universities and colleges across Oklahoma who are recommended by music directors and then audition for placement within their respective sections. The students participate in extensive rehearsals for two days and then perform the opening concert of the convention. The Oklahoma Intercollegiate Honors Band is sponsored by OMEA and the College Band Directors National Association of Oklahoma.
While attending the OMEA conference with the Cameron students, Dr. Matthew Mireles, Assistant Professor of Music and Joye R. Lentz Endowed Chair in Music, presented a clinic to Oklahoma band directors. His topic was “What’s going on back there? - Teaching beginning tuba and euphonium.” Mireles also conducted a concert of the Frontier Brass Band, an ensemble comprised of brass players who are university professors and other professionals from Oklahoma.
The Cameron University Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
February 5, 2016