Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

December 11, 2013

Christmas concert set for Monday at OU Southern

Staff report
The Independent

IRONTON — The Ohio University Southern Community Band will perform its annual free Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Monday in the Collins Center Bowman Auditorium on the Ohio University Southern Campus. The Ironton High School Varsity Singers, under the direction of Kathy Price, also will perform.

The Ironton High group of about 20, maintains an active performance schedule on campus and throughout the Tri-State during the school year. Among the highlights of its 2013 Christmas season are performing for a school assembly; a Christmas by Candlelight performance at Ironton High; performing for the Paramount Festival of Trees in Ashland; performances for local churches; and taping a program for the local CW Network channel.

The OUS  band was founded in 1998 by Pat McCoy, who teaches in the fine arts department at OUS. The band of 15 to 20 members includes OUS students, high school options students and community members who play various wind, brass and percussion instruments. The repertoire represents a variety of styles such as  military music, jazz, ragtime, blues, marches and theme music from movies and musicals. The band also performs Christmas and Civil War-themed programs.

In addition to the annual Christmas concert, the band performs several times a year on and off campus. Regular performance venues include nursing homes and extended-care facilities; for Navy Night during the Ironton Memorial Day parade weekend; for the Barboursville Civil War Days; for OUS Brown Bag concerts; and for several parades.

The band rehearses from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. Mondays in the OUS Community Building on the corner of Ninth Street and and Bob Lutz Way. Those who play a band instrument with at least middle school band experience are welcome to join. For more information, call McCoy at (740) 533-4541 or e-mail mccoy@ohio.edu.