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Southeastern hosts first Invitational Band Clinic on March 2

DURANT, Okla. – The Department of Music at Southeastern Oklahoma State University is pleased to present the first Southeastern Invitational Band Clinic. The event will be held on Saturday, March 2, on the campus of Southeastern.   This new initiative invites select exemplary band programs from schools throughout the region to participate in a day of workshops and rehearsals with Southeastern faculty and internationally renowned guest artists. The clinic concludes on Saturday night with a Finale Concert featuring the invited ensembles and the Southeastern Symphonic Winds, the premier instrumental concert ensemble of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The featured guest artist for this year’s clinic is Dr. John P. Lynch, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at The University of Georgia. In his capacity, Lynch administers and oversees all aspects of a band program of more than 600 students in ensembles that include the Sudler Trophy-winning Redcoat Marching Band, various athletic pep bands, six concert ensembles, and various jazz bands and ensembles. He serves as music director of the acclaimed UGA Wind Ensemble, which includes among its accolades several internationally-released recordings and invitations to perform at major national and international conferences of some of the most important music organizations in the world.


“Dr. Lynch is one of the most sought-after conductors and music educators in the world today,” said Dr. Jacob Wallace, Southeastern’s Director of Bands. “His impeccable musicianship has brought him around the world as a guest conductor and his talents as a teacher and musical leader have brought acclaim to the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. We are extremely  fortunate to have him on campus — in part due to the generosity of Southeastern’s Cultural Scholarship and Lectureship Fund — and I am confident that he will have a profound influence on our guest ensembles and student musicians.”


This year’s clinic features two guest high school bands, each with significant accolades of their own. The Durant High School Concert Band, under the direction of Chris Gregg,  is a 2013 Oklahoma Music Educators Association Honor Band (an honor bestowed this year to only four high school ensembles), and the Sherman High School Wind Ensemble,  under the direction of Ryan Jenkins,  was a class 4A finalist with a top 10 finish in the Texas UIL State Contest last year. Each of the groups will spend two hours in a clinic with Lynch working on music for their upcoming concerts. Those clinics, which are free and open to the public, will take place from noon until 4:30 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium.


The finale concert, which begins at 6 p.m.  in Montgomery Auditorium, will feature both high school groups as well as The Southeastern Symphonic Winds. Lynch will be featured as a guest conductor with The Southeastern Symphonic Winds on Gustav Holst’s Moorside March and Jess Turner’s Through the Looking Glass. The concert will also feature Southeastern’s newest music faculty member — Dr. Tristan Eggener — as the tuba soloist on Edward Gregson’s Tuba Concerto. The concert will close with H. Owen Reed’s remarkable Latin symphony La Fiesta Mexicana , which will feature several Southeastern faculty members in prominent roles.


All of the events in association with the Southeastern Invitational Band Clinic are free and open to the public. The primary location for the workshops and concerts is Montgomery Auditorium. For more information concerning this event, please contact Dr. Jacob Wallace at (580) 745-2084 or For accommodations due to a disability, please contact the Department of Music at (580) 745-2088.