Northwestern plays host to Red Carpet Honor Band

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Northwestern plays host to Red Carpet Honor Band

January 19, 2016

Nearly 300 middle and high school students from 33 northwest Oklahoma schools participated in the annual Red Carpet Honor Bands Jan. 15-16 at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva.

The students in grades seven through 12 who participated in the honor bands were selected following live auditions at Chisholm High School on Nov. 14, 2015, said Dr. Marc Decker, director of instrumental music and music education at Northwestern.

The students, who formed three different bands – Junior High A Band, Junior High B Band and High School Band -- rehearsed all day Friday and Saturday morning prior to a concert performance in Herod Hall Auditorium Saturday afternoon where the band members demonstrated what they had learned.

“The concerts were so well-attended that we didn’t have an empty seat in the house,” Decker said. “It was a complete success.”

Directing the Junior High A Band was Chris Gregg with Leslie Gregg conducting the Junior High B Band. The Greggs are band directors for the Durant Public Schools.

Directing the High School Honor Band was Wayne Bovenschen, associate professor of percussion in Oklahoma State University’s Department of Music.

Six of the directors whose students were participating in the honor bands are Northwestern alumni. Bringing students to participate included John Arnbrecht (1977), Cherokee; Cara Bradt (2007), Alva; Byron Conner (2002), Buffalo; Daci Crockett (2004), Woodward; Sherri Lohmann (2000), Pioneer-Pleasant Vale; and Adam Steuart (2007), Cimarron and Hennessey.

Other schools with participants in the honor band included Blackwell, Chisholm, Drummond, Enid, Fairview, Garber, Kremlin-Hillsdale, Laverne, Mooreland, Morrison, Okeene, Oklahoma Bible Academy, Perry, Ponca City, Pond Creek-Hunter, Ringwood, Seiling, Tonkawa, Watonga, Waukomis and Waynoka.

The two-day clinic and concert are held each January. Next year’s honor band is scheduled for Jan. 13-14, 2017.

For more information on the Red Carpet Honor Band or Northwestern’s band program, contact Decker at (580) 327-8191 or