The Kerry Strayer Orchestra scheduled as first performance of Concert Series

Alva
| More

The Kerry Strayer Orchestra scheduled as first performance of Concert Series

September 2, 2010

 Kerry Strayer Orchestra
The Kerry Strayer Orchestra will perform in Herod Hall Auditorium at Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series.

 

The Kerry Strayer Orchestra will kick off the Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series at Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Tuesday, Sept. 14, as the first of four scheduled acts for the season.

The Kerry Strayer Orchestra is a 17-piece big band under the direction of baritone sax player, Kerry Strayer, and featuring vocalist Kathleen Holeman. They perform a variety of numbers from the Big Band Era along with arrangements of rock and pop standards.

Strayer has been active as a saxophonist, recording artist, bandleader, composer, arranger, adjudicator and private instructor. He currently leads five performing groups and teaches privately from his home.

 Kerry Strayer
Kerry Strayer

 Kathleen Holeman
Kathleen Holeman

He is a member of The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, The New Order Jazz Orchestra, The 18th and Vine Jazz Orchestra, Conical Bore, Polycurrents and The Kansas City Saxophone Quartet. He also performs several times a year with the Kansas City Symphony Pops Series.

He and his wife Gailyn live in south Kansas City, Mo.

Holeman grew up near King City, Mo., and is from a very musical family. Like her older siblings, she took piano lessons, learned to play the trombone and sang.

During most weekdays, Kathleen also enjoys teaching the Missouri Western State University vocal jazz ensemble and giving private musical instruction on voice, piano and trombone.

She performs often in Kansas City, St. Joseph, and the Lake of the Ozarks area. She performs both individually and in various groups. She has been the leader of the Ray Alburn Big Band since 2007.

All performances will be in Herod Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Holder Drug, Schuhmacher’s, the NWOSU Bookstore or by calling (580) 327-8692. Adult season tickets are $40 and student season tickets are $20. Tickets to individual performances will be sold on an “as available” basis at $15 for adults and $10 for students.

Contact Dr. Stephen Kingsbury, Concert Series chair, at (580) 327-8692 or sakingsbury@nwosu.edu for ticket information or with questions regarding the Concert Series.

The Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series is made possible with the assistance of the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for Fine Arts and the Charles Morton Share Trust of Alva.

-NW-