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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3 thoughts on “A surprise at the Wind Symphony concert!

  1. So proud that my son plays w/Dr. Wakefield in the OU Wind Symphony. I watched the podcast from Maryland and thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the Maslanka symphony.

  2. It was an honor to assist in the presentation of the DSMM to Dr. Wakefield. Andy, thanks for being a part of this special award recognizing Dr. Wakefield’s outstanding career!!!

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