Originally published on 60x365.com on November 26, 2007:
OK is a suggestion from Matthew Saunders, Director of Bands at Oklahoma Panhandle State University (go Aggies!) and a former colleague of mine—we studied at The Ohio State University together. He wrote:
My suggestion for a piece is... here in Oklahoma, we just celebrated the state's Centennial (Admitted to the Union November 16, 1907). Can you do a piece in recognition of the 46th state? Can you do it without using the obvious musical source?
I took the state waltz (Oklahoma Waltz) and a song about Oklahoma from a different Broadway musical, threw them in the blender, and whipped up a frothy little number. Enjoy.