OKC Community Band wows concertgoers

Concert band music fills Chisholm Trail Park

OKC Community Band guest conductor, Dr. Matthew Mailman, conducts a Beach Boys medley to the delight of the July 27th Concert in the Park crowd. (Photo by Cara Pattison)

By Cara Pattison
Contributing Writer

Greeting friends and family at the onset of last Thursday night’s Concert in the Park is OKC Community Band trumpet player and former Yukon Mayor Larry Taylor. (Photo by Cara Pattison)

Music lovers were treated to a variety of classic and showtunes at last week’s Concert in the Park, compliments of the OKC Community Band.

The band is comprised of 97 professional and amateur, volunteer musicians.

Their purpose is to engage in the promotion, appreciation and support of concert band music throughout the State of Oklahoma.

Eight-month-old music lover Luca Interino adjusts his hat to stay cool in the sun during Yukon’s July 27th Concert in the Park. (Photo by Cara Pattison)

Originally organized in the late 1970’s, the band has been adding benefit and public service concerts to their agenda since that time. 

Having played Phantom of the Opera, a “Saddle Up”-themed western medley, and James Horner Hollywood blockbusters – and much more – there was a little something for everyone at Thursday’s Concert in the Park.

Yukon Parks & Recreation summertime assistant Hendrix Stump sells concessions during the Concert in the Park series. In just a few weeks, Stump will leave the fun of his part-time YPR summer job to begin his senior year at Yukon High School. (Photo by Cara Pattison)

However, locals in particular were excited to see Yukon’s very own Larry Taylor playing the trumpet with the band. 

“I’ve been with the OKC Community Band for at least 15 years,” said Taylor, a former Yukon mayor and longtime resident. “I was a band director for 30 years. Having taught a lot of music, it goes without saying that I enjoy playing it. I love being a part of this group, and pleasing people with our music. 

Sisters, from left, McKenna Black and Ashlynne Prigmore (holding Lola the Chihuahua) came to last Thursday’s Concert in the Park featuring the OKC Community Band to listen to their grandpa, Larry Taylor, play the trumpet. (Photo by Cara Pattison)

“This band has all kinds of accomplished professional people that love playing instruments performing in it, including doctors and lawyers. Our regular conductor couldn’t attend this week in Yukon, and our guest was the very talented Dr. Matthew Mailman.” 

Dr. Mailman has been the Professor of Conducting for the Oklahoma City University Wanda L. Bass School of Music since 1995. 

William Olinger enjoys some Beach Boys tunes, compliments of the OKC Community Band, from the comfort of his blanket on the lush, green grass of Chisholm Trail Park. (Photo by Cara Pattison)

The OKC Community Band plays concerts throughout the year, Taylor said.

Concert in the Park-goer Stephanie Broderick has the ultimate moment of relaxation at Chisholm Trail Park as she simultaneously does her two favorite things during this week’s Concert in the Park – knit and listen to music. (Photo by Cara Pattison)

This week’s Concert in the Park featuring Steve Crossley will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3 in the Chisholm Trail Gazebo, 500 W. Vandament.

Crossley is a one-man show that plays classic rock, R&B, and tropical rock songs.

Yukon’s free outdoor concert series concludes Aug. 10 with the Mystery Dates band’s rescheduled performance.