According to Altus High School Band Director Jeff Hastings, area students are busy getting ready for a free concert to be held in Weatherford. “The All Region Band concert will be held at the Weatherford High School, but there will be students performing there from more than 17 southwest Oklahoma counties,” said Hastings. They include Altus, Purcell, Elk City and Duncan. This is the 50th anniversary for the organization.
Auditions were held this past November, and since that time, students have been preparing to perform the world premiere of “Winds of Change.” The music was commissioned by the Southwestern Oklahoma Band Directors Association. Composer Randall Strandridge was inspired to write the piece for the students from the windmill farms that appear all across the state.
“When speaking with their representatives, the only request they had was that they wanted it to tie into the culture and geography of Oklahoma,” said Strandridge. “The obvious choice would have been to look to Oklahoma’s rich history, but instead I chose to look to its future.” Strandridge went on to say that in recent years Oklahoma has seen a great increase in the development of wind energy. “This development in sustainable energy sources and the winds that flow across the great state serve as the inspiration for this work,” he concluded.
World-renowned composer Standridge is known for writing music for film scores, orchestras, concert bands, and marching bands.
The concert on the Weatherford High School campus will being at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6. For more information, contact Hastings at 580-471-9431.
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