Texas Tech University School of Music

Dr. Carolyn Cruse and Dr. Alan Zabriskie.
Kaysie Ellingson

Alan Zabriskie and Carolyn Cruse join the Front Row to talk about their upcoming concert at Texas Tech’s Hemmle Recital Hall this weekend.

Coming up this Saturday is a concert with the University Choir and the TTU Women’s Chorale. Tell us about the University Choir and the concert that will be taking place.

Kevin Wess, Tuba Professor at Texas Tech University School of Music.
Kaysie Ellingson

Dr. Kevin Wass, professor of tuba at the Texas Tech University School of Music, joins the Front Row to talk about the upcoming annual Octubafest.

Octubafest is a long-standing thing right?

Absolutely. It started in the late 60s, at some of the midwestern universities. I first encountered it at Indiana University when I was doing my master’s degree. They’re Octubafest is two weeks, every night. So here we spread it out over about six weeks. But the big concert is the concert this week with the ensemble.

Clint Barrick and Sarah McKoin discuss the band's upcoming season
Kaysie Ellingson

On this episode of The Front Row, we’re joined by Dr. Sarah McKoin, Texas Tech University Director of Bands, to learn more about what this year's band season will bring to the Lubbock community.

Give us an overview of the year of the bands.

This coming academic year is actually exciting. The wind ensemble got accepted to play at CBDNA (College Band Directors National Association) regional, which is at the University of Houston. So we will be doing that in March.

The Texas Tech String Project
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The Texas Tech University String Project will hold “Tune-In,” an informational open house Tuesday, September 19 in the band hall at the Texas Tech University school of Music, from 4:30-7 p.m. for Lubbock area 4th grade students and their parents who wish to play a string instrument. Dr. Blair Williams and Dr. Clara Zahler join the discussion on this episode of The Front Row.

Dr. Williams tell us about yourself, a little bit about your background and how your journey brought you to Texas Tech.