2014 Pride Ready to March

Story from The Norman Transcript. An excerpt:

[This week’s] halftime show will be 6½ minutes of nonstop movement and action.

“Our shows are designed somewhat like an Ed Sullivan show. They are dynamic with a continuous flow. There always has to be high energy from the students,” Stolarik said.

For the OU vs. Tennesse game, Sept. 13, Stolarik said the band will delve into cinematic music by Bernard Herrman. Music from Alfred Hitchcock movies such as “North by Northwest” and “Psycho” and other classics like “Taxi Driver” will be featured.

“People know the movies and even if they don’t know the movies, they … they know the social reference such as Robert De Niro’s line ‘You talkin’ to me?,” Stolarik said. “We’re working with Sooner Vision to integrate film elements into the show. It’ll be a great show. It’s really fantastic music.”

Additionally, during the OU vs. Tennessee halftime show, The Pride will feature Jonathan Nichol, OU assistant professor of saxophone, with a saxophone solo.

Founded in 1904, The Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band continues to support Sooner Spirit as the band begins its 111th year. “The Pride” stands for excellence in musicianship, academics, school spirit and commitment to its role in the surrounding community. The Pride is composed of 56 music majors and 216 non-music majors. Eighty-four academic majors and 20 states are represented in the band.

So for anyone who asked: this year’s membership is 272.

 

Pride of Oklahoma press book, Louisiana Tech week

I do not know if we (or the public) will have access to these for future games, but NewsOK.com has published the “press booklet” for the first home game. If you’ve looked at the OUBAA history display cases in Catlett Music Center, you’ve seen some of these from the Leonard Haug era; Justin Stolarik is reviving the practice.
Here’s the story on NewsOK.com, and here’s the booklet on Scribd. It contains the script for pregame and halftime, as well as diagrams of all the formations.

Start giving thanks with a big concert

Concert poster, 2013-11-21Warm up for the cold weekend ahead and dance in your gazebo with the OU Band Department’s big big concert, the second and final of the Fall 2013 Semester, with a fantastic program and the talents of the many fine students of the OU School of Music, plus some faculty.

Faculty! Jonathan Nichol, professor of saxophone, lends his talents during the Symphony Band‘s performance in two movements of Paul Creston’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Band (1944): the second (“Mvt. II Meditative”) and first (“Mvt I Energetic”).  That’s part of the program conducted by Dr. Debra Traficante that also includes Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide”, the Lucien Calliet transcription of Richard Wagner’s Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral, and Paul Yoder’s transcription and arrangement of Prokofiev’s March for Military Band in B flat, Op. 99.

When the Wind Symphony takes the stage under Dr. William Wakefield, they’ll open with a newish (2011) transcription of Joseph Hellmesberger’s “Gypsy Dance” from The Pearl of Iberia—as seen here on YouTube conducted by the transcriber, Robert J. Ambrose. That’s followed by Sensemayá (1938) by Revueltas (arranged by Bencriscutto), and then guest conductor Sean Kelley with “Marches” from Symphony for Band, “West Point” (1952) by Morton Gould.

Dr. Wakefield returns for another lyrical arrangement of a Morton Lauridsen choral work, Contra Qui, Rose, as set for winds by H. Robert Reynolds.  The concert concludes with a modern masterwork for symphonic winds: Gazebo Dances by John Corigliano, arranged for concert winds by the composer in 1974 from his own set of four-hand piano pieces.  With Dr. Debra Traficante conducting, the Wind Symphony will perform all four movements of this difficult but rewarding icon of the concert repertoire.

The Sutton Series concert begins at 8:00 PM on Thursday, November 21, 2013 in Sharp Hall at the Catlett Music Center on the OU Campus.  Tickets may be purchased at the door or through the other Fine Arts ticketing services.  You can, alternatively, watch a live-stream of the concert at music.ou.edu, but it’s much better to be there in person. We hope to see you there! Click on the poster to download your own copy in PDF format!

Wind Concert Thursday, October 3

WS-SB-2013-10-03 posterPlease join the Symphony Band and Wind Symphony for the Sutton Series Concert on Thursday, October 3, at 8:00 p.m., in Paul F. Sharp Hall.  Click on the graphic for your own poster. Music by  Paul Richards, Leslie Bassett, Timothy Mahr, Dan Welcher, Percy Grainger, Roger Zare, George Gershwin! and Frank Ticheli.

Click here for the program (complete with program notes) and click here for your own poster in PDF format.

The OU Symphony Band under the leadership of Dr. DebraTraficante has been selected to perform at 11:00 a.m.  Thursday, January 16, for the 2014 Oklahoma Music Educators Association Conference at the Tulsa Convention Center Assembly Hall.  Congratulations on being the first University “second” band to ever perform for the professional music educators conference in Oklahoma!

Helping OU Families hurt by local tornadoes

The OU Foundation uses the verb “impacted” in the description of this Help OUr Neighbor Fund, but let’s be clear: this is OU faculty, staff, and students who lost homes or property in the May 19-20, 2013 tornadoes.  They’ve been hurt—if not physically, then emotionally and financially.  They’ll need help not only now, but long after the national news crews have left Moore, Newcastle, and south Oklahoma City for the Jodi Arias sentencing.

I am guessing (and sorry to put her on the spot) that Karen Renfroe can answer any questions about this fund, but it makes perfect sense: the OU Foundation has the financial might and infrastructure to both collect and distribute emergency money for those members of the OU family whose need arose so suddenly but will last a lot longer.

The Help OUr Neighbor Fund has been created to benefit OU faculty, staff and students who lost homes or property in the recent tornadoes in the Oklahoma City area. Any and all donations received in this fund will go directly to those students or employees whose homes and property were lost. All gifts are tax-deductible. Thank you for your support and considering helping those members of our OU family who have lost so much in this tragic incident.

It sounds too antiseptic for the reality to me. Think about where you lived during the summers in Norman, or think about where your professors or GAs lived.  Imagine that wiped out on a Monday afternoon. Now remember your bank balance at the time, and how much insurance you had on an apartment or rental house.

Now think about what help would mean next week, and next month, after this week’s bottled water and hot meals are memories. And think about your bank balance today.

I have heard no reports of any affected Pride members or alumni being hurt by the tornadoes, but there was more to everyone’s OU experience than The Pride.  If you are able, please give to help the OU family recover from these storms once the live reports stop.