The Cat's Pajamas to end Concert Series season March 11

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The Cat's Pajamas to end Concert Series season March 11

The Cat's Pajamas
The Cat's Pajamas

The Cat's Pajamas will create all the sounds of a band using only their voices at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Herod Hall Auditorium, as the final performance of the Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series on Monday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m.

The group was formed in 2005 by current members Brian Skinner and Nate Mendl, who both share a passion and drive for performing and music production. The two had previously worked together in college groups at The University of Wisconsin. Skinner and Mendl soon joined with fellow members Brad Baker, Nathaniel Adams and Mike Hilliker to form The Cat’s Pajamas.

The first time they ever performed together was for the 2005 Oreo Cookie Jingle competition. They then recorded a demo and searched for gigs until their first big break, when they were offered a six month stint on Celebrity Cruise Lines as the in-house a cappella group.

After their first contract, The Cat's Pajamas moved on to be hired as guest entertainers by Norwegian Cruise Lines. The Cats’ also found themselves on America's Got Talent and The Next Great American Band. After three years of perpetual cruising and touring on land, in the fall of 2009, The Cat's Pajamas decided to move to Branson, Mo., and still perform there today.

In the fall of 2011 The Cat's Pajamas reached millions of new viewers when they performed on NBC's hit show The Sing Off.

Since their inception, The Cat's Pajamas always have been involved in education and giving back to the school systems that made them successful. This was the inspiration for their "Music in Schools" fundraising tour. Baker and Mendl are both certified choral teachers, and all five members work with kids by teaching breathing/singing techniques, confidence, performance tips and overall trying to keep them excited and involved with singing. Each year they perform at approximately 25 schools and have raised more than $50,000 to date for arts programs all over the country.

ndividual tickets for the Concert Series are available on as “as available” basis at $15 for adults and $10 for students.

Contact Dr. Irene Messoloras, chair of the Department of Fine Arts, at (580) 327-8692 or irmessoloras@nwosu.edu, to purchase tickets or pick them up at Holder Drug, the NWOSU Bookstore, Graceful Arts Center, Rialto or by calling (580) 327-8692.

The Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series is supported by the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Charles Morton Share Trust.

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