Danny Prado

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The SFA Friends of Music will accept reservations through noon Friday, April 26, for Extravaganza 26, the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music's annual gala banquet. The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in the Grand Ballroom of SFA's Baker Pattillo Student Center.

This year's Extravaganza, "Starry, Starry Night," celebrates the 26th anniversary of the gala banquet, which features gourmet dining, performances by student soloists and ensembles, and the presentation of student awards.

Additionally, Danny Prado, a 1972 graduate of SFA who received his Master's in Music from Texas Women's University, will be honored as the Outstanding Music Alumnus.

Prado retired from public school education in 2005 after 33 years in music education, including Jacksonville ISD and 17 years at Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD. Most recently he spent 15 years with the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD. Prado is an adjunct professor with SFA serving as a university supervisor for student teachers. He has served on numerous occasions as a guest clinician for percussion workshops, honor concerts, jazz bands, and is an active adjudicator for invitational and UIL contests.

Prado is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Percussive Arts Society, and is currently serving as a past president of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu International Band Fraternity. He was also a member of the University Interscholastic League Prescribed Music Committee serving a nine-year term and chaired the committee for the 2007 through 2011 years.

Extravaganza 26 will be presented by the SFA School of Music and Dr. Scott Harris, interim director of the school.

Tickets are $35 each, and scholarship donor table options are available. For tickets or more information, call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.