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OCU Jazz Ensemble, Wind Philharmonic Take Spotlight
Oklahoma City University ensembles kick off the month of March with two concerts at Petree Recital Hall in the Bass School of Music. Admission is free and open to the public. On Tuesday, March 2, the OCU Jazz Ensemble will perform the music of Woody Herman, Count Basie, Oliver Nelson, Miles Davis and Buddy Rich beginning at 8 p.m. The ensemble, under the direction of John Allen, will play Herman’s version of "Got a lot of livin' to do" from “Bye Bye Birdie,” and “West Side Story” Suite, Rich's traditional concert closer. Drummer Alex Lofland will be featured, as will soloists Nikki Robbins on tenor sax and Dusty Higgins, trombone. Robbins, a clarinet major from Ponca City, also will solo on tenor sax for “Blue Moan.” “We are playing a transcription of Boplicity, from Miles Davis' ‘Birth of the Cool,’ which is an experiment in orchestration featuring a small group made up of trumpet, two saxes, trombone, french horn and tuba,” said Allen. The piece will feature Blackwelder Brass members Natalie Phillips, horn, and Billy Bohn, tuba. On Thursday, The Oklahoma City University Wind Philharmonic will perform band favorites, under the direction of Matthew Mailman. The 8 p.m. concert features “Toccata Marziale” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, “George Washington Bridge” by William Schuman, “The Glory of the Yankee Navy” by John Philip Sousa, and “Lincolnshire Posy” by Percy Grainger. Graduate students Dawn Lerette and Christopher Hall will make their conducting debuts with the Wind Philharmonic. For more information, call (405) 208-5474. For more information on news and upcoming events at the Bass School, visit .