One O'Clock Lab Band to perform in honor of the King of Thailand

Tuesday, February 17, 2004
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DENTON (UNT), Texas —The University of North Texas will present His MajestyKing Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand with a doctor of music composition and performancehonoris causa on March 17 special ceremony in Huahin in Prachuabkirikan Province.

The degree recognizes King Bhumibol Adulyadej's skill in composition andperformance in all genres of music, but particularly jazz and blues. An accomplished player of saxophone, piano, clarinet and guitar, King Bhumibol Adulyadejhas performed with such legendary musicians as Jack Teagarden, Lionel Hampton,Benny Goodman, and Stan Getz.

As a monarch and a musician, King Bhumibol Adulyadej has worked to link the Easternand Western music traditions, and was recognized in 1964 by the Institute ofMusic and Arts of the city of Vienna with honorary membership in the institute.In addition, at that time, the N. O. Tonkunsler Orchestra, conducted by HeinzWallberg, performed a special concert of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's musicat the Vienna Concert Hall. The concert included Kinari Suite, FallingRain,Love at Sundown, March Rajanavikayathin and March Rajavallop, which receivedrave reviews.

During the presentation of the degree, the UNT One O'Clock Lab Band willperform a private concert with King Bhumibol Adulyadej featuring his jazz compositionsLove at Sundown, Friday Night Rag, Oh I Say, When, and LayKram Goes Dixie, aswell as a selection of standards.

In addition, the One O'Clock Lab Band will perform a public concert inBangkok in celebration of the anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej'sbirthday. The band also will present a day-long workshop on jazz for Thai universitystudents studying music at Chulalongkorn University.

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