Hall of Dreams
The dreams of those alums that visualized a performance hall in the Northwest Classen auditorium will be revealed on September 16th at 2:00 PM with the Grand Opening Gala in the auditorium featuring Vince Gill ’75, Bill Maxwell ’67 and the MOJO men. They are donating their time and talent for this benefit performance. They will be putting on a two hour show to celebrate the new hall. MAPPS for KIDS (OKC Public Schools) has invested $2 million in the renovation of the auditorium and FRIENDS for the auditorium has raised close to $700,000 with a goal of $1.5 million. Alumni and FRIENDS, Leslie and Cliff Hudson have given a generous donation of $500.000.00 and the Auditorium will be named the HUDSON Performance Hall. A management company is being retained to put on concerts in the hall. All income from the Hall will go back to the school to benefit NWC. It will become the school that each of us remember and an example for other communities.
We need your help with this project. You can sponsor a seat for either $1,000 or $500, which allows you 2 tickets to the Opening GALA and your name engraved on one seat. Or you may purchase individual tickets for $100 or $50. Go to www.nwcfriends.org where you can purchase individual seats or sponsor seats. If you have any questions call or email George McDowell at 405.826.3335, firstname.lastname@example.org. You will not believe how beautiful the auditorium looks. It will make you proud to be a Knight.
VINCE GILL ‘75
One of the most popular singers in modern country music, Vince Gill has a love for country music, top-notch songwriting, and world-class guitar playing, all wrapped in a warm tenor and a quick and easy wit. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007, and has won 18 CMA honors, including Song of the Year four times – making him the most awarded artist in that category in CMA history.
BILL MAXWELL ‘67
Producer of 8 Grammy winning recordings for The Winans, Andrae Crouch and others, Bill Maxwell started playing drums professionally at the age of twelve. He has recorded with Cassandra Wilson, Ray Charles, Billy Preston, Quincy Jones, The Crusaders, The Nappy Roots, Anita Baker, Luther Vandross and others. He was inducted into The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in 2008 and is a member of The Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
THE MOJO MEN
The Mojo Men first started in the fall of 1963 by Joe Royer ’64, Jim Demopolos ’65, Dick Padburg ’65, and Johnny White ‘65. The band played NWC social events and became a very popular group for other north side Oklahoma City high schools, private parties, dances, and WKY radio “sock hops.” The group played a mixture of classic rock hits from the late ‘50’s to the mid’60’s. Last spring, “The Mojo Men” was resurrected by Jim and Cleve with three of their long time musical friends Steve Crossley, Jerry Wilson, and Michael Summers. There are over 200 years of collective musical experience in this outstanding group.Share story on Facebook Share story on Twitter Email a Friend.