SWOSU Jazz Hit the Road and Back Home


The Southwestern Oklahoma State University Department of Music’s Jazz Ensemble “A” hits the road for a musical tour on November 7-8 that culminates in a concert on Sunday, November 10, at 3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center on the Weatherford campus. 

Jazz Ensemble “A,” under the direction of Dr. Richard Tirk, kicks off their fall tour with a performance at Norman High School on Thursday, November 7, at 8 a.m. followed by a 1 p.m. concert at Enid High School that afternoon and a 6 p.m. concert at Guthrie High School.  The tour continues Friday when the ensemble will be at Western Heights High School at 9:45 a.m. and Del City High School at 1:30 p.m. 

Jazz Ensemble “A” will be joined by Jazz Ensemble “B” for the final concert of the semester on November 10. 

Jazz “A” will perform tunes from several different eras and composers including works by Louie Bellson, Thad Jones, and “Mueva Los Huesos” by contemporary big band leader Gordon Goodwin. Jazz “B” will be co-directed by Evan Neal, a conducting graduate student from Enid. Neal received his undergraduate degree from SWOSU in music education and will lead the group in three charts, including an arrangement of the Ellington classic, “In a Sentimental Mood”.   

The November 10 concert is free and open to the public. For more information about the individual concerts at the various high schools, please contact the participating high school.

Members of Jazz Ensemble “A” include: Saxophonists – Samantha Canon and Tyler Shortnacy, Enid; Clint Kubala, Oolagah; Cody Manning, Washington; Kesha Mashaw, Anadarko. Trombonists – Brian Fry, Enid; Jayden Goeringer, Cordell; Myles Madden, Clinton; Cherokee Riddle, Muskogee; Anthony Valentine, Oklahoma City. Trumpeters – JakubChermack and Evan Neal, Enid; Austin Hardman, Guymon; Benjamin King, Champaign-Urbana IL; Tommy Smith, Elk City. Rhythm Section – Jackson Anderson, Enid; Jake Lynn, Moore; Jordan Satterlee, Oklahoma City, Enid Van Treese, Tecumseh; Victor Wolf, Newkirk; Bobby Wolfe, Altus.

Members of Jazz Ensemble “B” include: Saxophonists – Thomas Canon, Enid; Keely Clements and Laurence Maynard, Oklahoma City; Colleen Garrett, Elk City; Clint Kubala, Oolagah. Trombonists – Caleb Broce, Mooreland; Abraham Gonzalez, Kemp TX; Herbert Herrera, Pond Creek; Jared Ragan, St. Louis MO. Trumpeters – Kris Benton, Stroud; Joaquin Martinez, Anadarko; Kristin Whaley, Collinsville; A.J. Yeager, Altus. Rhythm Section – Kristi Burghardt, Okeene; Ashley House, Marlow; Huxley Owens, Ponca City; Jordan Satterlee, Oklahoma City.