College of Music Program Book 2011-2012: Ensemble & Other Performances, Volume 3 Page: 9
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One O'Clock Lab Band
The One O'Clock Lab Band is the premier performing ensemble of the internationally acclaimed University of
North Texas jazz studies program. Steve Wiest, Grammy-nominated composer and arranger, is director of the One
O'Clock Lab Band. With an unprecedented six Grammy nominations (Lab 2009 received double nominations
for "Best Large Jazz Ensemble" and "Best Instrumental Composition" for "Ice-Nine" composed by Steve Wiest)
resulting from the library of over fifty critically acclaimed Lab Band recordings to date, the One O'Clock Lab
Band is noted for exceptional individual musicianship and tight ensemble performance. One O'Clock Lab Band
concerts feature the Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson libraries (both housed exclusively at North Texas),
original compositions by Grammy-nominated composers Neil Slater and Steve Wiest, jazz faculty member Rich
DeRosa, and the wealth of compositions and arrangements in the UNT jazz library written by current and former
North Texas students.
The One O'Clock Lab Band has toured internationally with great success over the decades, performing in Russia,
Mexico, England, Australia, Portugal, Finland, Norway, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Canada, Germany,
Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, Poland, Ireland, and Thailand, where the band performed for the King of Thailand. His
Majesty chose to "sit in" with the band on that occasion. Recently the band toured the major jazz festivals in
Europe including Cork/Guinness, Montreux, Vienne, North Sea, and Umbria. In 2010 the band attended the 52nd
Grammy Awards while touring in California. The band has performed by Presidential invitation at the White
House, joined on stage by Duke Ellington and Stan Getz. The One O'Clock frequently appears in major jazz
venues such as Birdland (NYC), Blues Alley (DC), Catalina's (LA), and as the headliner at jazz festivals, major
music conferences, and concerts hosted by numerous fine arts series, colleges and high schools across the United
States, Canada, and around the world.
Alumni of the North Texas jazz program are virtually everywhere in the professional music industry as performing
artists and jazz educators. The list of significant names runs the gamut from Jimmy Giuffre and Herb Ellis, to
Bob Dorough, Jack Petersen, Bob Morgan, Marvin Stamm, Ed Soph, Billy Harper, Dan Haerle, Bruce Fowler,
Gary Grant, Jay Saunders, Dean Parks, Chuck Schmidt, Fred Sturm, Jim Riggs, Lou Marini and Tom "Bones"
Malone; from Lyle Mays, John Riley, Mike Steinel, Joe Eckert, Rodney Booth, Bev Dahlke-Smith, Dennis Irwin,
Marc Johnson and Steve Houghton, to Dan Higgins, John Murphy, Conrad Herwig, Jim Snidero, Greg Bissonette,
Bob Belden, Mike Williams, Steve Wiest, Frank Greene, Brad Leali, Shelley Carrol, Glenn Kostur, Earl Harvin,
Pete McCann, Joe Jackson, Craig Johnson and Stefan Karlsson; from Brad Turner, Jim White, Vern Sielert, Scott
Harrell, Mike Pope, Henry Hey and Keith Carlock, to Scott Englebright, Pete DeSiena, Adolfo Acosta, Alan
Baylock, Rosana Eckert, Tim Miller, Ari Hoenig, Stockton Helbing, Ross Pederson and Norah Jones.
An ongoing tradition at North Texas is to bring major jazz figures to campus to perform and interact with students.
This is achieved through four means - the Annual Fall Concert (since 1959), the Jazz Lecture Series (since 1982),
the Gomez International Artist Endowment residency (since 1995), and the various instrumental clubs organized
by UNT students. The list of legendary jazz artists (performers, composers, and scholars) who have shared their
music and experience with North Texas students and faculty is formidable. Bringing this wealth of information to
Denton is a key element in the success of the North Texas jazz program.
The jazz degree program at North Texas began in 1947 under Dr. Gene Hall, gained national recognition under Dr.
Leon Breeden, and achieved international renown under Neil Slater. The UNT jazz faculty, currently chaired by
Dr. John Murphy, is the foundation of the North Texas jazz studies division. Thirteen full-time faculty members
provide UNT jazz studies students with an educational environment unparalleled among university programs.
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