A new year is upon us! 2017 was a fantastic year for the music and arts programs in Arkansas and Oklahoma. We are looking forward to even greater things in 2018! Below, you will find important dates to mark on your calendar. We are looking forward to everything the new year has to offer!
The Oklahoma City Citadel put on it's 5th annual Season of Praise weekend this year. Taking place the weekend before Thanksgiving, this series features all of the music and arts programs from the corps. It begins with a Friday night service featuring the music and arts programs. The Senior Brass Band then plays at the Lights On Broadway event held in Automobile Alley in downtown Oklahoma City. The weekend culminates in the Sunday morning worship service. This festival of praise and thanksgiving has become a great tradition in the Oklahoma City area.
The Oklahoma City Citadel offers 14 music and arts groups. Amazingly, all of these groups rehearse on Wednesday night every week! The Citadel is incredibly supportive of their music and arts programing. The support of the corps, work of the leaders, and dedication of the members makes weekends such as this possible. Check out the gallery to see pictures from the weekend, as well as the program from Friday and Sunday.
Join us in congratulating Dr. Ryan Sharp and Fountain City Brass Band! Dr. Sharp plays soprano cornet in Fountain City. They just competed in the 2017 Brass In Concert Championship against some of the best brass bands in the world, and came in 2nd overall! In addition, Dr. Sharp won best Soprano Cornet overall! Fountain City also won Best Percussion and won all entertainment categories.
Full results here: www.4barsrest.com/news/detail.asp?id=30448
The Brass in Concert Championship has been in existence for 37 years, and is widely recognized as the leading brass band entertainment contest in the world. This year it was held in Sage Gateshead in the UK. This is a huge achievement for Fountain City and for Dr. Sharp.
Fountain City Brass Band is considered the leading brass band in the US. Per their website, "Since their first competition in 2004 the Fountain City Brass Band has won six U.S. Open Brass Band Championships and four North American Brass Band Championships. In November of 2009 the Fountain City Brass Band, became the first American band ever, and the first non-UK band in over fifty years, to win a major brass band competition on UK soil at the Scottish Open Brass Band Championships."
The Sharp family are faithful soldiers of the Oklahoma City Citadel Corps. Ryan plays Solo Cornet in the corps band, and Principle Cornet of the Arkansas and Oklahoma Divisional Band. We are blessed to have Ryan Michelle, Cooper, and Josie as a part of the Army Family.