Huckeby to be guest conductor at band concert Feb. 28

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Huckeby to be guest conductor at band concert Feb. 28

February 22, 2016

Ed HuckebyDr. Ed Huckeby, a former music department chair, director of bands and administrator at the university, is returning to Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Sunday, Feb. 28, to be the guest conductor during a 2 p.m. concert of the Community Band and Northwestern Jazz Ensemble.

Dr. Marc Decker, current director of instrumental music and music education, said the concert is free to all interested in attending and will feature music from composers who lived in Northwest Oklahoma including Andy Clark Jr., a former administrator and music professor at Northwestern who retired from the university in 1975; Andy's son - Andy Clark - who grew up in Alva and is a 1967 Northwestern graduate; and Huckeby.

"Trish and I are looking forward to returning to Northwestern and reconnecting with friends and former students,” Huckeby said. “I'll be conducting the Ranger Band on two of my recent publications, 'El Arco de Los Cabos' and 'Sunrise Over Kilimanjaro.' The jazz band is also playing one of my jazz charts.

“I appreciate Dr. Decker extending the invitation for us to come back 'home' to Alva,” Huckeby said. “We look forward to seeing everyone at the concert."

Huckeby, who holds the title Emeritus Professor of Music at Northwestern after serving for more than two decades in the music department and as dean of the Graduate School, currently is an arts consultant and freelance composer, arranger, conductor and clinician.

His career has included roles in higher education and arts administration, most recently serving as president of Southwestern Christian University (SCU) in Bethany until his retirement in 2014. Prior to his appointment at SCU, he was associate vice president for academic affairs and professor of music at Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow. Huckeby also served as an arts administrator for Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Inc.

Prior to his time at Northwestern, he spent eight years teaching instrumental music in the public schools of Oklahoma, where his marching, concert and jazz bands won state and regional acclaim. His success in the public schools led him into the college teaching ranks where he became internationally recognized as an outstanding music educator and composer of almost 200 published works for concert and marching band. Huckeby’s ability to write interesting and accessible instrumental music can be attributed to his experience at a variety of musical levels.

Huckeby's performance background and experience is very eclectic, having been a member of a symphony orchestra (horn), a jazz band (trumpet), and a contemporary Christian quintet (bass guitar, keyboards and vocals), as well as having served regularly as a church organist and pianist. His outstanding contributions to the concert and marching band literature have played an important role in the development of the contemporary band repertoire.

Ed holds a bachelor's degree in music education from East Central University in Ada, a master’s degree in music education from the University of Oklahoma, and a doctorate in administration from Oklahoma State University with additional study at the University of North Texas. He has written music education articles for “The Instrumentalist,” “The American Music Teacher” and “The Journal of the International Horn Society,” and has held memberships in Music Educators National Conference, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, ASCAP, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Phi Beta Mu, where he served as a member of the national board of directors and state chapter president.

Huckeby was selected as an "Outstanding Young Man in America," is listed in the "International Who's Who in Music," and was inducted into the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association "Hall of Fame" in 1996. He has created more than 50 commissioned works and has served as a clinician, adjudicator and conductor for instrumental ensembles around the world, including Japan, Australia, Canada and across the United States.

Huckeby lives in Broken Arrow with his wife, Latricia. They have two daughters, Angela and Amanda, both Northwestern graduates.

For more information about this concert or the instrumental music program at Northwestern, please contact Decker at (580) 327-8191 or