Eric Feuerborn

ShowBand, Spaghetti Buffet Part of Upcoming Fundraiser

Monday, March 1, 2010

A spaghetti buffet and the sounds of the USAO ShowBand invade Blanchard March 6 as the group raises funds for a trip to Nashville.

The Old Mill Restaurant has scheduled a spaghetti buffet from 6-9 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will go to the ShowBand's trip. The restaurant is located on Highway 76 across from the rodeo grounds.

"The buffet will be $10.99 or you are welcomed to order from the menu and make a donation to the ShowBand," said Donna Settlemires, assistant director of the group. "Come out and enjoy the great food, entertainment and fellowship."

The entire ShowBand will be performing, as well as smaller ensembles of group members.

The group travels to Nashville during spring break week -- March 15-19 -- to record a new group CD. Previous ShowBand members traveled to Nashville to record the CD Jazz Standards 101 in March 2007.

"This is a great learning opportunity for the students. They come back from a trip like this more mature and with a lot of useful knowledge about the music industry," Settlemires said.

Over the past few years, the USAO Showband has gained a reputation for combining pop, blues, big band, jazz and country styles into soulful and energetic performances.

Under the direction of guitarist Joe Settlemires, the youngest surviving member of the Texas Playboys, the ShowBand has performed across the state as ambassadors to USAO for more than seven years. A noted musician in his own right, Settlemires has been inducted into four musical halls of fame, including three western swing organizations. Settlemires arranges all the music and directs the Showband with the assistance of his wife, Donna.

The Showband features brass, rhythm section, drums and vocalists. “I’ve worked with many professionals in my life, but working with the students at USAO is truly an honor. The group of students in the band is dedicated and truly want to learn the craft,” Settlemires said.