May 22-23 – Perkins-Tryon High School Band Performs in Chicago

Perkins-Tryon High School Band
Perkins, Oklahoma
Pam Cartmell, Director of Bands
KG Robinson, Assistant Director of Bands

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
10:30 am
The Field Museum
1400 Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605 (map)

Thursday, May 23, 2013
10:00 am
Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637 (map)

FREE ADMISSION FOR BOTH CONCERTS

Program:

Arr. Sweeney | Marches of the Armed Forces
Garland, arr. Murtha | In the Mood
Sousa, arr. Balent | The Thunderer
Mancini, arr. Edmondson | The Pink Panther
Rodgers and Hammerstein II, arr. Moss | Highlights from “Oklahoma!”
Schonberg, arr. Vinson | Highlights from “Les Miserables”
Williams, arr. Sweeney | John Williams Movie Adventures

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About the Artists…

The Perkins-Tryon High School Band is one of the most honored small school instrumental music programs in the state of Oklahoma. From the communities of Perkins and Tryon (population approximately 3,300) in north-central Oklahoma, the students in the band tend to reflect the strong work ethic and basic values of the rural southwest United States. The instrumental music program is made up of students in grades six through twelve. The band is known for the “family” atmosphere fostered by the faculty and parents of the band members. The Perkins-Tryon Band has earned numerous superior ratings in both marching and concert band competitions over the past two decades.

The Perkins-Tryon Band has traveled extensively, performing for dignitaries and events throughout most of Oklahoma and even other states. Past performances in the United States include Washington, D.C. in 2004 and San Francisco in 2009. The band has also toured and performed concerts in Europe in 1996 and again in 2000 for London’s Millennium Celebration.
Even though the band members have become virtual ambassadors for their communities through their many tour and contest performances, the most important audience of all continues to be the citizens of the Perkins-Tryon area who maintain their unflagging support of the band. The band’s many local concerts and other appearances are the preeminent way they can show appreciation to the people who have made their success possible.

Pam Cartmell has been the Director of Bands in the Perkins-Tryon School District since 2002. Originally from Chillicoth, Ohio, Mrs. Cartmell moved to Sand Springs, Okla., as a child and graduated from Charles Page High School in 1991. She then went on to Oklahoma State University (OSU) where she received her bachelor’s degree in music education in 1995. While at OSU, Cartmell studied saxophone as her principal instrument while also studying piano and clarinet. She performed actively in numerous ensembles such as the: Wind Ensemble (principal saxophone), Symphonic Band (principal saxophone), Cowboy Marching Band (Drum Major and Section Leader), Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Spirit Band.

Mrs. Cartmell taught the first two years of her career in the Pond Creek-Hunter School District. She then moved to the Morrison School District for one year. After a few years away from teaching to start her family, Cartmell then came to the Perkins-Tryon School District. She and her husband, Dwayne, who is an agricultural communications professor at OSU, live in Perkins with their three children: Taylor, Ashton, and Sutton.

Mrs. Cartmell has held professional memberships in the National Association for Music Education, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, and the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association.

KG Robinson, Assistant Director of Bands, is from Perkins, Okla. Mr. Robinson graduated from the Perkins-Tryon School District in 2007,and went on to attend Oklahoma State University as a music education major. During his tenure at OSU, Robinson participated in many instrumental ensembles and served as the drum major for the OSU Cowboy Marching Band.

After completing a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education in 2011, Robinson became the Director of Bands for Blackwell Public Schools in Blackwell, Okla. However, in 2012, when the opportunity to return to his hometown became available, Robinson took the position for Assistant Director of Bands in the Perkins-Tryon District.

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