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The UNT One O'Clock Lab Band: Lab 2016

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The year ending in May 2016 was quite an eventful time for the University of North Texas' flagship One O'Clock Lab Band. Besides hosting regular concerts and clinics in Denton and the surrounding area and holding its three yearly performances in Fort Worth, the band welcomed acclaimed drummer Dennis Mackrel as guest artist for its fall concert, the superb pianist Danilo Perez in the spring, and crowned the year with a trip to Australia to perform with the jazz world's ...

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UNT One O'Clock Lab Band: Lab 2015

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Jay Saunders, director of the University of North Texas' flagship ensemble, the One O'Clock Lab Band, sums up the group's latest recording, Lab 2015, in one concise and canny sentence: “Sometimes it's best just to let the band play what they want to play." With that in mind, Saunders writes in the album's liner notes, he “threw the keys" to the band, its arrangers and composers and told them “to write anything they wanted." From twenty-three submissions, the members of ...

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UNT Two O'Clock Lab Band: Two Music: It Don't Mean a Thing, If It...

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As has been pointed out a number of times before, there's no audible difference between the University of North Texas' One O'Clock and Two O'Clock Lab Bands, which are customarily named for rehearsal times but based on performance alone could well be designated One O'Clock and One-Fifteen. This is not meant to devalue the One O'Clock Band, which is about as proficient as a college-level ensemble can be; the intention is simply to note that UNT is home to a ...


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