If you go:
What: Gypsy Cattle Drive
Where: Akin Auditorium, Midwestern State University, 3411 Taft Boulevard
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday Jan 9
Admission: Free, no reservations.
Information: (940) 723-6202
The Gypsy Cattle Drive is coming through Akin Auditorium in Midwestern State University at 7 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 9.
The five-piece Gypsy Cattle Drive group plays an eclectic selection of music, according to area member David Holcomb, the primarily Dallas-based ensemble’s violin and mandolin player.
The free concert is open to the public and is part of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra Education Program, made possible by a grant from the Priddy Foundation.
It’s the third year for the concert, which also features an afternoon clinic/workshop for WFISD junior high and high school orchestra students along with high school choirs.
Gypsy Cattle Drive features Coleman Smith on violin, Ginny Mac on accordion, Glenn McLaughlin on guitar, Drew Phelps on bass and Holcomb. Each of the members sing.
The group will perform a movement of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, and selections from the gypsy jazz, western swing, blues and bluegrass genres.
“We’re called Gypsy Cattle Drive because we’re not one certain genre of music,” said Holcomb. “It’s quite a big variety that we’re going to try and do. Regardless of what kind of music people attending the concert favor, they will come away liking something because it’s such a varied program.”
The group previously came to Wichita Falls in 2015 to play for eight WFISD elementary schools and then the remaining schools in 2016. That same year they performed a Sunday afternoon children’s concert at the Forum.
McLaughlin and Phelps studied at University of North Texas, and both stay quite busy performing in the Metroplex, Holcomb said.
Smith, who founded the band, performs around the world and recently did a six country tour of Europe. Mac is proficient on piano and accordion and sings “everything from Western Swing to Broadway classics to whatever,” he said.
Holcomb taught school in Wichita Falls for 35 years, plays in Prairie Moon and has performed around the southern half of the country.
The group also plays in various configurations including trios and quartets, “depending on the venue and our availability of the musicians,” he said. “Everybody works professionally and stays busy. They booked us way in advance,” he laughed.