Lab band seeking local art for disc

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One O’clock calls for ideas based on Denton theme

The University of North Texas One O’clock Lab Band is on the hunt for visual artists living in Denton — or UNT students, past and present.

The band wants a Denton artist to create the CD cover — front and back — for the One O’clock Lab Band’s annual recording, Lab Band 2013.

“We want the artists to give us your impression of Denton,” said band leader Steve Wiest. “The record is a tribute to Denton. We have most of the [song] titles. There’s ‘Hens on Panhandle,’ and you know we have an Order of Oddfellows here. So there’s a song called ‘Oddfellows.’ A version of ‘Take the A-Train’ was arranged by Richard DeRosa, and [former bandleader] Neil Slater wrote a piece called ‘Will or Would,’ after the street named Willowwood.”

One song refers to “Denton Standard Time,” and another is called “Somewhere on the Thirty Third Parallel.”

The One O’clock Lab Band will vote on the submissions on April 24. Wiest said the winner will get $250.

“The artist who wins gets to become a part of this great tradition,” Wiest said. “The Lab Band record is written all through the year and mostly by the students in the band, something that sets us apart from just about every other program in the States.”

The band records the album in May, production goes through the summer, and in August, the program submits the record for Grammy consideration.

The One O’clock Lab Band is the flagship ensemble of the UNT College of Music’s renowned jazz studies program. The band has been nominated for six Grammy Awards.

LUCINDA BREEDING can be reached at 940-566-6877. Her e-mail address is



The University of North Texas One O’clock Lab Band is seeking a Denton artist to create the CD artwork for Lab Band 2013. For submission format requirements and specifications, visit

Some of the requirements:

* You must be a Denton resident or former Denton resident (UNT students past and present qualify).

* The art must reflect your impressions of Denton.

* Entry deadline is April 22.\uFFFF

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