About the Band

Our Mission

To provide quality live music to the largest possible audience.

The Members

Starlight Band is Oklahoma's only professional concert band and includes over 50 musicians. Starlight members can also be heard playing in the Signature Symphony, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and the Bartlesville Symphony.

The Music

Starlight Band performs music ranging from light classics and patriotic music to jazz, Broadway and current pop selections. There is "something for everyone" at each concert and we guarantee to get your feet tapping.

The Setting

Starlight Band's outdoor venue Guthrie Green, in the heart of the vibrant Brady Arts District, provides a unique outdoor setting that is both relaxed and comfortable. People of all ages will enjoy hearing old favorites and new as they sit under the Oklahoma stars and gaze at the Tulsa downtown skyline. 

Guest Artists

Starlight Band invites local guest artists to perform at Starlight concerts. These special guests add another dimension to the evening as they perform the National Anthem, special selections and featured solos. You never know who might make an appearance at a Starlight concert!

The Conductors

Starlight Artistic Director

Starlight is in the midst of a search for its new Artistic Director, following the 2019 retirement of Dale Barnett.

Rich Fisher, Jazz Director

Rich Fisher is the Jazz Director for Starlight Concerts and conductor of the Starlight Jazz Orchestra. He is also the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS's flagship public affairs program, StudioTulsa. He is a graduate of the University of Tulsa with a B.M. in Music Performance, with additional studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Rich is currently the principal trombone of the Signature Symphony at TCC, euphonium player with the Starlight Concert Band, and is a free-lance musician whose work ranges from the pit of touring Broadway musicals, to chamber brass groups, and to the salsa band, Grupo Salsabor.

Staff & Board

Dayna Smith, Starlight Finance Director

Kim Koch, Chairperson of the Board
George Louthan, Vice Chair
Jake McClendon, Treasurer
Kari Bodenhamer, Secretary
Paula Duncan
Susan Gray
Mike McClendon
Ted Bachmann, Musician Board Member

Junior Board

Our Junior Board is comprised of talented high school musicians who are selected through an application process which requires the endorsement of their band director or private lesson teacher. They assist in administrative capacities helping with programs, memberships, and distribution of promotional materials. They also bring family and friends to the concerts. In return for their service, the Junior Board performs side-by-side with professional musicians at one of Starlight's season concerts.

For more information

For more information on Starlight Band or the Junior Board, please visit the Contact Us section.

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