Eastern Music Department to debut new rock/pop ensemble at Fall Concert Oct. 9


The Eastern Oklahoma State College Music Department will debut a new rock/pop ensemble at its annual Fall Concert on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. in Mitchell Auditorium.

Modeled after a typical stage band, the “Eastern Expressions” feature vocalists, guitarists and a drummer. The group will perform at campus events and various schools in the area.

“The music is chosen exclusively by members of the group,” said Dr. Brandon Hendrix, the director of instrumental and choral ensembles at Eastern. “The talent of our students this year is beyond measure and we look forward to sharing their work with the community."

The Eastern Expressions will perform the hit songs “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls, “I Told You So” by Carrie Underwood and “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey. The Eastern Expressions are directed by Carissa Hendrix.

The concert will also feature performances by the traditional concert choir and band.

Vocalists for the Eastern Expressions include Lacy Dunlap and Dekayetlynn Wilson of Wilburton, Joshua Few of Stigler, Kylah Joyce of Crowder, Trevor McBane of Savanna, Charline Morrison of Heavener, Jesseca Shipman of Kiowa and Kalin Watkins of Valiant. Kyle Shelton of Checotah will express his talent on the electric guitar, piano and vocals. Ty Thompson of Poteau will utilize his skill on the bass guitar and Chance Reeves of Wilburton will be the sole percussionist.

Eastern’s Concert Choir includes all of the students in the Eastern Expressions, as well as Mylan Johnson of McAlester and Reagen Brinley of Wilburton.

Students performing in the Concert Band include Patricia Craig and Madeline Kraft of McAlester; Brittany Cooper and Shirlene Green of Hartshorne; Dekayetlynn Wilson, Lacy Dunlap, Chance Reeves and Carissa Hendrix of Wilburton; Joshua Few of Stigler; and Kyle Shelton of Checotah.

 The concert is free and open to the public.

Photo: The Eastern Expressions, a new rock/pop ensemble, will make their debut at the college’s annual Fall Concert on Oct. 9. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Ty Thompson, Chance Reeves, Joshua Few, Kalin Watkins, Kylah Joyce, Charline Morrison, Samantha Sloan, Kyle Shelton, (back row, left to right) Trevor McBane, Jesseca Shipman, Dekayetlynn Wilson and Lacy Dunlap. 

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