Want to stay in practice?

Alumni who live in or near Norman might consider the New Horizons Band at OU, which rehearses in our very own Band Room, as a way to stay in practice. It was profiled in Monday’s Oklahoman:

The band is open to anyone, including people who have never played an instrument and those who haven’t played since junior high or high school. And there is no need to worry about a dreadful audition. There isn’t one.

Michael Raiber, assistant professor of music education at the University of Oklahoma, coordinates the program.

[…]Most of the New Horizons Band members are ages 50 to 85. The OU music education students who teach them are age 21.

Raiber said the matchup is an interesting, successful sociological arrangement that is beneficial to both groups. The band is an outlet for senior players and offers an opportunity for young OU students who plan to teach junior high and high school band.

Do you know of other alumni-friendly ensembles? Post your comments with the ‘Discuss’ link below.

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    Band ‘mom’ retires after 21 years

    A retirement reception took place for the Pride of Oklahoma ‘mom’, Cindy Hartless, Thursday afternoon

    Cindy Hartless – The Pride of Oklahoma secretary is retiring after 21 years of service to the OU band program.
    During her tenure, she has:

    • Logged 40,000 bus miles
    • Arranged over 100,000 student meals
    • Attended 14 bowl games, including the 1985 and 2000 National Championship Games and 20 Red River Shootouts
    • Served 6,000 Pride of Oklahoma student-musicians

    Click here to see the complete article from oudaily.com.

    Say a virtual hello to Avery Cadence Britt!

    Born January 22, 2006, to proud parents Brian Britt and Alicia Britt!

    Avery arrived a little bit early and, at a petite 4 pounds, 2 ounces, is in the ICU for special care, but we’re assured that both mother and daughter are doing fine. We’ll add more information here as we get it.

    Use this message as a guestbook – post a comment to pass your messages along to the Britts and we’ll make sure they get them. Congratulations to the newly-extended family of the director of the Pride of Oklahoma! (Isn’t it exciting?)

    Sooner Prayer

    Sooner Prayer (as seen on an OU football message-board)

    Forgive Me Father For I Have Sinned

    I rooted for Texas.

    I rooted because I live in the heartland and couldn’t take another year of “USC’s invincibility.”

    I rooted because of the 47-game winning streak.

    I rooted because of my Big 12 loyalty.

    I rooted because all my Longhorn friends cheered for us at the Holiday Bowl.

    I’m glad Texas won.

    I feel SO dirty.

    I hate Texas.

    Amen.

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