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The University of Central Oklahoma physical campus will be closed to all but essential employees beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 26, through at least April 15. UCO will transition to alternative instructional delivery methods from March 28 through the end of the spring semester. Many university services will continue to be available online. For more information, visit the university's COVID-19 website.


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James L. Klages, D.M.A., professor of trumpet at the University of Central Oklahoma, teaches music appreciation and trumpet. Prior to his appointment at UCO, Klages had the honor of being the only person in the 20th Century to be directly hired as the Cornet Soloist by "The President’s Own" United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C. As a result of Klages’ appointment to the "The President’s Own,” other musical establishments throughout the United Stated extended invitations to him. These invitations included requests for Klages to perform as a guest soloist with bands and orchestras, and to appear as a guest clinician/performer at national conventions and music festivals. In 1996, Klages was honored to be chosen as the trumpet soloist for the historic first-ever performance of Handel's Messiah at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Israel. Prior to teaching at UCO, Klages previously taught at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, KY, and Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

Education and Certifications

Klages received a Bachelor of Music Performance degree and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia. He continued his education at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, where he received a Master of Music degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. His teachers include James F. Burke, Dr. William B. Dederer, Charles Gorham, Edmund Cord, and John Rommel.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Klages is a prolific arranger and composer. The music publishing houses of Manduca Publishing, Brassworks 4, BVD, Music Press, and Charles Colin Publications, have published his many works for solo instrument, chamber ensembles, band, and orchestra.

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