Cameron/Lawton Community Band brings musicians from southwest Oklahoma to the stage

Musicians from throughout southwest Oklahoma will share the stage when the Cameron/Lawton Community Band presents an afternoon concert of energizing music on Sunday, October 8 at 3 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior adults. Cameron University students, faculty, and staff are admitted free with proper identification.   For more information, call the Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts at 580-581-2346.

“The Cameron/Lawton Community Band is composed of more than 55 musicians from communities throughout southwest Oklahoma,” says Dr. Jim Lambert, Professor of Music and conductor of the ensemble. “Cameron University students are joined by talented middle school and high school students as well as community members – many of them CU alumni – who are united in their love of performance. Music is the bond that unites this diverse group of performers.”

With representation from all three Lawton high schools as well as other Lawton/Fort Sill residents, Duncan, Fletcher, Geronimo and Walters, the ensemble is truly a community effort.

The Cameron/Lawton Community Band has been rehearsing weekly since late August in preparation for the concert.

"I'm truly impressed with the talent we have in this group," says Lambert. “It’s particularly gratifying to watch the interaction between our younger members and those with more performance experience. I’ve enjoyed hearing this numbers come together with each successive rehearsal session.”

The ensemble's repertoire will include familiar tunes, rousing anthems and patriotic marches.

"What's more uplifting that John Philip Sousa's 'Stars and Stripes Forever'?" says Lambert of the official National March of the United States. "It's one of the most recognized songs of the 20th century. We'll lead up to it with songs like Duke Ellington's 'It Don't Mean A Thing if It Ain't Got that Swing' as well as Henry Fillmore's 'Rolling Thunder March.' Dating to 1916, it's known for a fast and furious tempo and is a popular choice of concert bands across the country."

Another concert highlight will be "Two Irish Folk Melodies," which will feature Derek Griner, band director at Lawton High School, as trumpet soloist.

Additional songs to be performed are "West Point Bicentennial March" by Larry Daehn, "A Southern Hymn" by Bill Locklear, "Wondrous" by Brant Karrick, "Cheerio" by Edwin Franco Goldman, and "Armed Forces Salute" arranged by Bob Lowden.

"Band music is a joy to the ear," says Lambert. "This concert will truly take the audience on a music journey."

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September 28, 2017