USAO News Bureau

Showband revives Motown classics April 12

Friday, April 5, 2013

 

The USAO Showband will celebrate the legacy of Motown in an upcoming concert scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on April 12 in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.

 

The event is free and open to the public.

Joe Settlemires, the showband’s director, says the decision to focus on Motown material is about showcasing the current band’s talents.

 

“We’ve got a lot of fantastic singers and instrumentalists in the group right now so we wanted to create a show that really highlighted those talents,” Settlemires says.

 

Highlights of the show will include material by Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Supreme, The Four Tops and other landmark bands of the period.

 

Olen Cox has been a member of the showband for four years. He says that the experience has been one of the highlights of his time at USAO.

 

“The showband has been so much more than just another opportunity to perform,” Cox says. “Joe and Donna treat every member like family and that just motivates me to give 110% in rehearsal and performance.”

 

The ensemble this year includes Jesus Almendarez, a sophomore music major from Devol; Tiffany Ballew, a freshman English major from Watonga; Olen Cox, a senior music and theatre arts major from Grant; Lisa Fruit, a senior speech pathology major from Mustang and Harrison Guy, a junior biology from Oklahoma City.

 

Other performers include Emily Harrison, a sophomore speech language major from Lindsay, Drake King, a sophomore psychology major from Fort Towson; Colten Neighbors, a junior music major from Lawton; Kendra Hollenbeck, a sophomore music major from Chickasha; Tristan Smith, a junior business major from Cheyenne and Kaitlynn Worner, a senior business major from Moore.

 

More information about the concert can be obtained by calling 574-1362.