NTX Magazine Volume 5 - Page 59

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT Education and Workforce From making the elderly safer in their own homes to making electricity available around the world, ideas made possible by UTA students that come from across the globe are working to make all our lives better. This just proves that knowledge is attracted to North Texas. ARE YOU ON THE CLOCK? If you're a music lover and it’s One O’Clock, you must be at the University of North Texas. The One O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Jay Saunders, is the premier performing ensemble of Thailand, where the King of Thailand decided to “sit in” with the band. They’ve played jazz festivals worldwide, including in Vienne, Monterey, Spoleto, Cork/Guinness and were the first college band to perform at Montreux. They’ve made appearances in major jazz venues such as Birdland in NYC, Blues Alley in D.C. and Catalina’s in LA, and have even performed by Presidential invitation at the White House, where they were joined on-stage by Duke Ellington and Stan Getz. Why, after all these years, is UNT’s One O’Clock still such a magnet for international students? Multi-award winning One O’Clock Lab Band draws students from around the world. nine lab bands at the internationally acclaimed University of North Texas jazz studies program in Denton, Texas – each named for its hour of rehearsal – and has received six Grammy nominations since the 1970s, with the most recent in 2010, including two for Lab 2009. The UNT jazz studies program is a huge drawing card for music majors around the world and those who have made it into the One O’Clock Lab Band have come from numerous countries, including Canada, South Korea, South Africa, Belgium, New Zealand, Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany, England, Australia, Spain and all across the U.S. The band has toured internationally over the decades, including performances in Russia, England, Australia, Portugal, Finland, Hong Kong and even “The band continues to draw students from around the world because students know they will be collaborating with peers who are among the most accomplished and hard-working in the country,” said Dr. John Murphy, chair of Jazz Studies. “They know they’ll be making music at a high level, participating in the creating of original compositions and arrangements, performing with high-profile guest artists, recording a well-produced yearly CD, being coached by dedicated artist-teachers, and building a peer network that will serve them years into the future as their UNT peers become their professional peers.” And these “professional peers” are virtually everywhere in the professional music industry – Norah Jones, bassist Michael League (leader of the group Snarky Puppy), drummer Ari Hoenig, saxophonist Jeff Coffin (with the Dave Matthews Band), trumpeter Frank Greene (formerly with the David Letterman Show Band), bassist Tony Scherr, drummer Keith Carlock (with Steely Dan), trumpeter Jim Rotondi, trombonist Conrad Herwig, guitarist Tim Miller, and trumpeter David Weiss (with the band The Cookers). The One O’Clock Lab Band has received critical acclaim from the biggest names in the industry. After Duke Ellington played with the band at the White House, he simply said, “I wish it were mine.” Dave Brubeck commented that, “Most of the international acceptance of jazz education can be traced to the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, and the wonderful program they inaugurated.