Students and faculty in the School of Music at West Texas A&M University will share their musical talents at the 37th annual Showcase of Music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 3 at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts in Amarillo.

A traditional pre-show will begin at 7 p.m. in the Center’s lobby.Brass Quintet

Main stage performances for the evening will include the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Singers and Combined Choirs as well as a Brass Quintet, Saxophone Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and a Trumpet Ensemble.

A special highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the School of Music’s annual Distinguished Alumni Award. This year’s recipient is  retired band and orchestra director at Permian High School in Odessa Charles Nail.

Nail received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at what was then West Texas State University. He then spent five years serving in the United States Army with assignments in Germany and South Viet Nam. He was released from duty in 1968 and began his career as a band and orchestra teacher. Nail retired in 2004 after a long tenure with the Odessa Independent School District. Under his direction, the Permian High School band and orchestra earned numerous honors, including the Texas State Marching Band contest winner (band) and selection as the Texas State Honor Band (symphonic band) and Texas State Honor Orchestra (symphony orchestra). Nail holds the honor as the only Texas band and orchestra director to have groups selected as winners in all three areas of statewide competition.

He has been an active member in various organizations throughout his career and was chosen as a member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. In 2007, Nail was named to the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame and chosen Texas Bandmaster of the Year in 2008.

The retired Nail currently serves as administrator of all University Interscholastic League music activities for Region 6, which includes schools from Abilene, San Angelo, Odessa, Midland, west to Presidio and north to Lamesa.

Nail will receive a plaque commemorating the Distinguished Alumni honor, and his photo will hang in a special gallery in the WTAMU School of Music.

The first Showcase of Music was presented in 1980 to highlight student talent and to help raise funds for student scholarships. Since then funds have been raised through advertising, ticket sales and donations and more than $875,000 has been added to the program’s scholarship fund. This year’s Showcase of Music is sponsored by Dr. Kent Roberts and Ilene Roberts Balliet Foundation and the Amarillo Globe-News.

Tickets for the event, priced at $10, are available at the music office in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex, Room 202, Tarpley’s Music in Amarillo or at the door the night of the event. For more information, contact the WTAMU music office at 806-651-2840.

(Press Release from West Texas A&M University)