A surprise at the Wind Symphony concert!

At Tuesday night’s Wind Symphony concert, just before the world premiere of Until Our Rest (commissioned by OU’s chapter of ΤΒΣ), Col Alan Bonner surprised Dr. Wakefield on stage with the ΚΚΨ Distinguished Service to Music Medal.

What is that, you may ask? According to national headquarters:

The Distinguished Service to Music Medal is the highest award presented by the Fraternity. It was instituted in 1963 to honor outstanding individual contributions to bands. The areas of recognition include: composition, concert band, marching band, instrumental music education, artist performer, industrial research and progress, contributing laymen, alumni achievement, and fraternity service.

Congratulations to Dr. Wakefield!

Below: Dr. William K. Wakefield accepts the ΚΚΨ Distinguished Service to Music Medal from OU ΚΚΨ chapter president Andrew Melvin and Lt. Col. Alan K. Bonner, USAF (Ret.), National Executive Director of ΚΚΨ and ΤΒΣ. (Credit: Valorie Wakefield/University Bands.)

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Wind Symphony in concert April 16

The Red & White Game heralds the end of spring football practice because the semester is winding down. That means the final concerts of the 2012-2013 academic year are at hand for all the major performing groups: the choral groups, the OU Symphony Orchestra IApril 20), and the wind performance groups we know and remember.

That starts April 16 at 8:00 PM with the year’s final performance of the OU Wind Symphony, featuring 100 years of “music of reverence, piety, and awe.” Don’t mistake that for “boring,” because this is good stuff and music you can handle after filing your taxes. Let’s look at this impressive program. Continue reading