Full Moon Concert, Sept. 13

September 7, 2019 | Headlines

TONKAWA —   “Hillcrest Ensemble” will perform “The Great American Songbook” at the Full Moon Concert Friday, Sept. 13 in Tonkawa Centennial Park, 301 East Grand.

Band members are: Denise Jones, clarinet; Paul Parma, bass; Kevin Roe, tenor saxophone; Larry Lenhart, guitar; Suzi Lenhart, vocals; Mary Jane Barraclough, soprano; Mike Seals, jazz piano and Don Long, drums. The group will present American Standards – including classics, Blue Moon, Heart and Soul, Sentimental Journey, Georgia on my Mind, All of Me, In the Mood, On the Sunny Side of the Street and more.

Jones, Ponca City, earned a BFA degree in Music Education at Wichita State University and taught band for two years in Wichita, Kan. and 26 years in Ponca City. She played bassoon with the Mariah Trio and various local groups, and serves on Arts Adventure Foundation board of directors.

Parma earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music at University of Tulsa and his Master’s degree in Music at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He teaches guitar at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa.

Roe, Newkirk, grew up in Muskogee and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Along with performing the tenor saxophone and bass, he is a retired firefighter, and works as a 911 dispatcher in Ponca City.  

Ponca City native, Larry Lenhart, earned his Master of Science in Education at Arizona State University and retired as a Ponca City High School math teacher. He took guitar lessons and taught at Bill Pruitt’s Music Studio in Ponca City in the 1960s. Suzi Lenhart is a vocal, recorder and piano instructor and has been teaching in her Ponca City studio for 37 years. Prior to that, she taught public school music in Arizona and Wisconsin.  She holds both Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Barraclough, Ponca City, is a graduate of the University of Missouri’s Conservatory of Music in Kansas City. She has performed at the Ponca Playhouse, with the Choral Arts Society of Northern Oklahoma and the Baptist’s singing Churchwomen of Oklahoma. She has been teaching vocal music in Ponca City for nearly 40 years.

Seals earned a BA degree in Jazz Piano Performance at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala. and a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies at Rowan University, Glassboro, NF. For 10 years, he played piano as a member of the US Army Band program, and worked overseas for nearly 30 years, with 26 years in Kuwait. There he had two bands, “The Kuwait Jazz Trio,” and a rock cover band called “Bar None.” Mike and his wife, Kym (Long) returned to Ponca City in 2018 after he taught music for a year at Rowan University. 

Long played drums in Ponca City Schools under directors Wayne Hartman and A. H. “Pete” Long.  As a student at Oklahoma A & M College, (now OSU), he was a drummer for the R.O.T.C Band and the “Ashley H. Alexander Jr. Dance Band” before returning to Ponca and organizing his own band. Long joined Les Gilliam’s western swing “Silver Lake Band” in 1992, performing for 22 years in a multi-state region. In 2014, Don and each member of the Silver Lake Band were inducted into the Cowtown Society of Western Music in Mineral Wells, Texas.
In case of inclement weather, the performance will take place in the Santa Fe Depot across the street from the park. The final concert in the series is set for Sunday, Oct. 13 with performance by “Morgan.”

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