About Howard Hanger
stuff we don't mind telling you)
Hanger has been described by a reviewer as a
verb, rather than a noun. His energy and zest
for living has danced him into a wide variety
is the founder and Minister of Ritual of the
Community in Asheville, North Carolina.
This multi-denominational, inclusive Christian
Community has been called "Special Ed"
church - the church for folks who just can't
cut it in regular church. Founded in 1989, JUBILEE!
gathers and celebrates in a refurbished nightclub
in downtown Asheville. The 700+ who celebrate
there each week are mostly folks who have been
burned or turned off by organized religion.
is also a jazz musician. He plays at about 50-60
elementary schools and community concerts each
year, has written hundreds of everything from
kids songs to a full symphony and has produced
several award-winning albums - some for kids,
some for adults -- which are distributed nationally.
His newest albums are "Dog Breath and Other
Mind-Boggling Hits for Kids" and "Be
Still My Soul."
is a widely sought-after speaker and worship
leader. He travels throughout the US leading
what he calls "inclusive worship"
and seminars on "passionate living."
He travels with Earl Hefley, on of the hottest
sax players around today. With Earl on the sax,
Howard weaves his magic from the keyboard.
1973, Howard has lived in and operated a "Living
Cooperative" in his 9000 square foot Victorian
home. Some 13 people live there, including Howard
and his two daughters. "The point of the
Cooperative," Howard says, "is to
provide extended family and community. It's
also a great way to live cheap."
1999, Howard opened a School for Girls at his
home. Hanger Hall is a middle school (6-7-8
grades), has a 9:1 student/teacher ratio, focuses
on strong academics and living skills and is
- Howard puts it - "a Daddy thing."
Visit the Hanger Hall website at www.hangerhall.org
is the father of two magical daughters, Windsor,
age 19 and Kelsey, age 17.
About Earl Hefley
native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Earl Hefley
is a veteran music educator, conductor, and
performing musician. He is presently an instructor
at the University of Central Oklahoma where
he teaches clarinet, saxophone and Music Appreciation
for non-majors. In addition, he is instructor
of flute, clarinet and saxophone at Southern
Nazarene University. For twenty three years
Earl was choir director and orchestra conductor
at the United Methodist Church of the Servant
in Oklahoma City. He was a band and orchestra
director for ten years in the Putnam City schools
in Oklahoma City. Just recently Earl completed
four years as music director and conductor of
the Oklahoma Community Orchestra. Currently,
he spends summers conducting the Jubilee! Community
Orchestra in Asheville, North Carolina, a summer
community orchestra project he co-founded in
1993 for the western North Carolina area.
With over 30 years experience as a freelance
musician, Earl Hefley still feels one of his
favorite "gigs" is that of saxophone,
flute and clarinet soloist with the Howard Hanger
Jazz Fantasy. He participated in recent recording
projects with the Jazz Fantasy, releasing the
CD's Elementary Blues, A Simple Christmas, Dog
Breath and Other Mind Boggling Hits for Kids.
His newest CD release, recorded with Howard
Hanger on piano, is Be Still My Soul. He has
toured through countries in the Mediterranean
and the Orient with the Jazz Fantasy.
Earl Hefley's woodwind improvisations frequently
accompany Howard Hanger when he leads events
sponsored by the United Methodist Church and
other organizations for spiritual and personal
enrichment. Included have been events in Columbia,
Birmingham, Minneapolis, Omaha, Chicago, Dallas,
Houston, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Fayetteville,
New York, Asheville, Lake Junaluska, Phoenix,
Nashville, Oklahoma City, and Salt Lake City.
In the last three years he has, along with Howard
Hanger, been a co-leader of tour groups visiting
ancient sacred ritual sites in Greece, Crete,
England and Ireland.
An active musician in the Oklahoma City area,
Earl's music is heard in a variety of
settings, from big bands and jazz combos to
the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. He
has enjoyed playing in bands and orchestras
for such artists as Glenn Campbell, Jack Jones,
Lena Horne, Lou Rawls, Jim Nabors, The Temptations,
The Four Tops, The Mills Brothers, Mel Torme,
Ella Fitzgerald, Richard Harris, Bernadette
Peters, Liberace, Arthur Fiedler, Johnny Mathis,
Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart, Doc Severinsen,
Sandi Patti, Kathy Lee Gifford, Amy Grant, and
He holds a Bachelor's degree from Oklahoma City
University and a Master's Degree from the University
of Central Oklahoma.
is happily married to Lori Wooden, who is a
fine bassoonist and who is also a professor
in the School of Music at the University of