Jeff Jahnke appointed Assistant Director of Bands

From today’s Norman Transcript:

Pride announces new assistant director

The Pride of Oklahoma marching band will have a new assistant director for the 2006-07 football season.

Jeff Jahnke, an OU alumnus who currently teaches at Jenks High School, will join the Pride teaching staff this summer as the new assistant director of bands. He replaces Michael Boone, who served as assistant director since 2001.

“We’re really excited to have have him,” said Brian Britt, director of the Pride. “He will be a tremendous asset to the program.”

Jahnke was one of three finalists, all of whom were OU graduates. These three finalists were selected among 16 applicants from last fall and went through an interview process during the spring semester. Britt said the process was to present candidates with a variety of situations similar to those candidates would face as assistant director.

“All finalists led a Symphony Band rehearsal and a rehearsal with Pride students,” Britt said. “All three were highly qualified. As we went through the process, it appeared that Mr. Jahnke would be the best fit to our program.”

Jeff’s appointment begins this summer. Congratulations, Jeff!

Norman Transcript on Kyle Wiemar’s game show win

From an article in Saturday’s paper:

He might not direct the Pride of Oklahoma in “Boomer Sooner” anymore, but when the show’s host asked him about being a drum major, those were two of the first words out of his mouth.

Kyle Wiemar, 2003-2005 drum major of the Pride and music education senior, had one more chance to be in the spotlight by competing on “Wheel of Fortune.” The show aired St. Patrick’s Day, but it was the culmination of waiting for a call and watching the show for years.

[…]Wiemar waited to hear back from the audition, but was disappointed when he heard he would not be part of the Big 12 week shows. The show also offered him the chance to appear in July or October, but he had to turn down both because of work and drum major duties.

However, after his drum major term ended following the Holiday Bowl victory in San Diego, Wiemar set off for California once again for a Jan. 12 taping. His patience to be called and playing the game from home for years paid off. He won more than $40,000 in cash and prizes, including a new Jeep Wrangler, a Grand Cayman Island vacation and $11,000 in cash. To top things off, he had one more victory over the University of Texas for his record, beating a Longhorn contestant by a mere $256 before the final puzzle.

Kyle was the Pride’s drum major for the past two seasons (2004-2005), but it’s a forgivable mistake. We’ll see if we can get a couple of clips posted next week for those of you who missed the show.

C-NGR-T-L-T–NS KYL-!

Kyle Wiemar, the 2004-2005 drum major for the Pride of Oklahoma, appeared on the March 17, 2006 airing of the syndicated game show Wheel of Fortune, taped on January 12, and won $42,226 worth of prizes, including a Jeep Wrangler worth $23,970, and a vacation in the Cayman Islands!

Kyle made it to the bonus round by beating a University of Texas student by only $256!

I wish we’d had advance warning; the show aired at 6:30 PM on KOCO-TV/DT in Oklahoma City tonight. You can go here to read Kyle’s “contestant diary” on the Wheel of Fortune site and see how it all came about.

Trivia: Kyle’s friend in the audience, Eric Shannon, was elected as drum major for the 2006 Pride of Oklahoma this fall, succeeding Kyle – but since the show was taped on January 12, before the band banquet, they didn’t know that yet!

Congratulations, Kyle!