The Ponca City Federated Music Club will present a Piano / Organ program in the First United Methodist Church Shrine, 6th and Central on Sunday, November 14 at 2 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend this free program. This program is a continuation of the celebration of the centenary of music clubs, founded in April 1921.
Debbie Rue will perform “12th Street Rag” by Euday Bowman, Kay Anthony Rice will perform “Give Thanks” and “We Gather Together”. Mike Seals will play “You Don’t Know What Love Is” and “A Child is Born”. Mike Seals student Kayden Jalali will play “The Minute Waltz”. Bradley Newcomb, organist, will perform Rubriques: a liturgical suite for organ by Dan Locklair, Movements IV âPeace Can Be Exchangedâ and V: âThe People Respond -â Amen! “He will also perform” Carillon Sortie “by Henri Mulet.
There will be a reception in the Visitor Center after the program. Host Committee: Jackie Saylor, Mike Seals, Brad Newcomb, Michaela deBrugge, Dixie Kuehny and Kathy Wimberley.
Debra Rue graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Music Education in Vocal and Instrumental Music. Ms. Rue was Minister of Music for 25 years at Western Hills United Methodist Church in Fort Worth and currently serves on the National Alumni Board of the University of Tulsa. She is president of the Ponca City Federated Music Club. She is currently organist / pianist at Ponca City First United Methodist Church.
Mike Seals, a former pianist in the Army Band Music Program, has a BA and MA in Jazz Piano and Piano Performance. He was a member of the US Army Orchestral Program for 10 years as a pianist and worked overseas for almost 30 years, including 26 years in Kuwait where he had two orchestras; The Kuwait Jazz Trio and a rock cover band called “Bar None”.
He currently teaches English at his Alma Mater, East Middle School, Ponca City.
Kaden Jalali, a high school student from Wichita, started taking piano lessons in June 2020 and immediately began studying the technique. His first love is classical piano music, but he was selected to be the pianist of his high school jazz group for this school year. He plans to study engineering at university. He is a real prodigy with the level of piano he plays after only 17 months of study. His only teacher was Mike Seals from Ponca City.
Brad Newcomb, originally from Ponca City, attended OSU for his Bachelor of Music degree, studying organ with Dr. Gerald Frank. He started organ lessons with Jackie Saylor at the age of 17. After graduating from OSU, Brad returned to Ponca City and served 2 different churches before becoming organist / music director for St Mary’s Catholic Church. Brad is also the Deputy Dean of the Cimarron Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He received 2 scholarships from the Ponca City Federated Music Club. He is one of the new members of the PCFMC.
Kay Anthony Rice, also from Ponca City, spent his 30 years teaching music, one year in elementary school and 29 in middle school. She was also the Music Minister for Albright UMC and taught private piano. As a retiree, she edited plays and concerts for the Ponca News, led the PCFMC choral workshop, and chaired the piano workshop.
The Ponca City Federated Music Club strives to present exceptional musical programs, always free and open to the public. The PCFMC is part of the Oklahoma Federation of Music Clubs and the National Federation of Music Clubs. Anyone interested in becoming a member is welcome. Dues for the first year are $ 20 and dues for subsequent years are $ 35.
For more information or to join the Ponca City Federated Music Club, text Debbie Rue, President, at 817-296-4621 or email: