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the the Tech two a fall and spring are held each fifty-member top TECH CHOIR Versatile Voices The singing voices of the Tech Choir promoted harmony on the bus- tling Tech campus. Directing the singers were Gene Kenney, Associate Professor of Music, and his assistant Charles H e 1 m e r, graduate student. Richard Knox, Lubbock junior, served £is choir president. Training ground for Choir is membership in groups of Tech Singers. The groups each boast about 70 members who performed at both concert. Auditions Spring for the choir. The choir season began before classes started with their performance at Freshman Orientation i n Septem- ber. Throughout the year, the group was asked to sing at various Tech func- tions such as the Century Club Ban- quet for Alumni held in November. Spring was highlighted by their performance at the annual All College Recognition Ceremony. April was tour month as the Tech choir travelled around West Texas singing at public concerts and at various high schools. The Tech Choir finished its success- ful season by honoring the seniors in song at the June graduation ceremony. Within the Tech Choir, the " cream of the crop " is a group called the Madrigal Singers. About ten singers are chosen each year for mem- bership in the group. The Madrigal Singers sang at fac- ulty club meetings during the year. During Christmas, they caroled at Hemphill-Wells dressed in colorful Elizabethan costumes. In March, they sang at the Foreign Language Banquet and then toured the Dallas area, giv- ing numerous concerts. i Gene Kenney directs choir during rehearsal for the All College Recognition progra.n Choir mennbers concentrate on harmony and tone. 11 Posture and breath control are important. After hearing the pitch, some numbers are performed a capella. 16 Tyme
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» f} •J homa. These twirlers put a dash of spice into the halftime entertainment. They may not " Climb Every Mountain " but the Tech concert and stage bands did a great amount of travelling this year. There are four 100 member concert bands.. The main Concert Band is under the personal direction of Dean Killion. They made a W e s t Texas Tour in April giving concerts in high schools in Seminole, Hobbs, Amarillo, and many Pan- handle cities. The other three varsity doncert bands were directed by Anthony Brit- tin and Richard ToUey, both Assistant Professors of Music. The four concert bands played in three annual Lubbock performances. The first was the An- nual Festival of Contempory Music which featured guest lecturers and a music symposium. They also partici- pated in the Spring Concert in April and the May Pops Concert. The stage bands were travellers too! The two stage bands were di- rected by Joel Leach and John Farrell, music instructors. In January the groups made a West and Central Tex- as Tour playing at numerous plains high schools. In April the musicians attended a Regional Stage Band Con- test and Seminar at Salt Lake City, Utah in conjunction with the Intercol- legiate Jazz Festival. Bands from all over the West participated in the fes- tival. The stage bands perfomed at Tech Dad ' s Day and regularly at Lion ' s Club meetings throughout the year. " So Long, Farewell . . . Auf Wie- dersehen " was the theme song of the marching band as they left for their two annual out of town trips. This year buses transported the large group of musicians to the University of Arkansas game at Little Rock and SMU at Dallas to perform at the half- time shows. Behind the scenes of the glitter of the tubas and the color of the bright red and black uniforms are the un- sung heroes of the bands. Specializing in the training of the woodwind section are Darrell McCarty and Orlan Thomas. Talent for the brass instrumentalists was developed by Richard Tolley, An- thony Brittin, and Robert Deahl. Charles Meeks teaches the double reed students. The female member of the staff is Dr. Margaret Redcay who in- structs members to play the flute. Joel Leach trains the percussionists. The staff sums up their policy: " Work ' em hard! " The results of this policy are evident in the perfection of any band performance. Dean Killion started with a single band of 90 determined musicians in 1959. His leadership and their de- termination have created a seven band network. These bands are truly " A Few of Our Favorite Things " because they bring the " Sound of Music " to the otherwise silent West Texas plains. Diana Walker and Diane King perform a high- stepping routine tor thrilled spectators.
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I J» Much concentration and the beat goes on. Paul Ellsworth directs the orchestra In rehearsal. ORCHESTRA t v;;; H Swingin ' Symphony Any selection from the grandeur of Beethoven and Bach to the spice of Lil ' Abner was in the 1967-68 rep- ertoire of the Texas Tech Symphony Orchestra. The 75 member group is con- ducted by Paul Ellsworth, who gradu- ated from Columbia University and studied at Northwestern University, American Conservatory of Chicago and Hillsdale College. Under such able direction, the Tech Orchestra served the school with five concerts, including an opera, available to the student body without charge. Total attendance for the year, including the tour audiences, was about 6,000. On its tours, the orchestra repre- sented the cultural aspects of Texas Tech through the performance of the great musical literature available to the symphony orchestra. During the year, the orchestra also played in concerts for public schools in the Lubbock and surround- ing areas. These performances were part of its recruiting program. The Tech Orchestra was selected to represent all college orchestras at the Texas Music Education Associa- tion Convention in February in Aus- tin. After its appearances at concerts in San Antonio, the orchestra was in- vited to appear as an official unit for Texas Tech at the Hemisf air next spring. Tyme 17
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