MUSKOGEE, Okla. –Oklahoma School for the Blind’s jazz band is the 2A state champions for the second year in a row.
Chris Ferrell is the OSB band director.
His students earned superior ratings from all the judges in the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association competition on April 29 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.
The OSB jazz band earned the highest score of bands in class 2A competition. They earned the second highest score of all bands in class 2A and 3A and the 4th highest score competing against 27 other bands in class 2A, 3A and 4A.
“These kids are super-talented and did a great job under pressure at the competition,” Ferrell said. “They come in every day at 7:15 a.m. for extra rehearsal time before school starts.”
“I am very pleased with the jazz band performance and the hard work by Mr. Ferrell and the students, which led to their state championship,” OSB Superintendent Rita Echelle said. “They always represent OSB and Muskogee very well and don’t let their visual disabilities keep them from being successful.”
The Oklahoma School for the Blind is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.
OSB is the statewide resource for the education of blind and visually impaired students. Residential and commuter students meet all state-mandated education requirements and receive specialized instruction in Braille, orientation and mobility, optimum use of low vision, adaptive equipment technology and tactile graphic skills not readily available at other public schools in the state. The school has maintained 100 percent graduation rate for five years. OSB provides hundreds of services each year, including free evaluations and consultations, for students attending local public schools, their families and local school staff.
For more information about the Oklahoma School for the Blind, phone 877-229-7136 toll free or visit http://osb.k12.ok.us/.