The Edmond Sun


September 28, 2012

RCB Bank plans mini jazz festival

UCO Jazz Lab ensembles perform at bank’s Open House Oct. 4

EDMOND — RCB Bank has moved to its new Edmond facility at Second Street and Kelly Avenue, and bank officials are celebrating their new home with an art and jazz event on Thursday free and open to the public.

Art and BBQ will start the day at 11 a.m. Edmond residents are invited to tour the new building while viewing artwork from current students and alumni of UCO’s Art Department and enjoying lunch provided by RCB’s neighbor Billy Sims BBQ.

Live “Music in the Park(ing lot)” featuring multiple ensembles and groups from the UCO Jazz Lab will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

“The UCO Jazz Lab and the students and alumni of the department of art are thrilled to be involved in the grand opening of Edmond’s new RCB Bank location,” said Deborah Baucom, development coordinator for the UCO College of Fine Arts and Design. “By integrating jazz and visual art into their bank opening, RCB makes a statement to the Edmond community that they are a business that supports and values the fine arts. The College of Fine Arts and Design at UCO appreciates this support and is pleased to partner with RCB Bank for these events.”

The schedule includes performances by “UCO Jazz Composers Combo” at 5 p.m., which has just been invited to give the closing performance at the JEN (Jazz Education Network) International Conference in Atlanta next January, and “UCO Jazz Ensemble 1” at 6 p.m., recently recognized by Downbeat Magazine as the top collegiate jazz ensemble nationwide.

“We are excited to host a mini jazz festival featuring Edmond’s local talent,” said Jim Gray, RCB Bank Edmond Branch president. “RCB Bank does things a little differently. We provide our customers with genuinely friendly service; we provide our communities with local support, and we offer up products that reward our customers.

“And when we throw a party,” Gray added, “we like to have fun.”

While you’re visiting the new branch, sign up for the bank’s CashBack Checking account that pays customers back when they shop. Every time a customer uses their debit card, they earn 10 cents for each transaction more than $10 and 5 cents for each transaction under $10 as long as qualifications are met. Qualifications include using a debit card for purchases at least 10 times each month and receiving e-statements. The checking account has no monthly fees, no usage fees for RCB Bank debit cards and no minimum balance required to earn rewards.

RCB Bank is joining 44 other banks and branches operating in Edmond.

It is an Oklahoma-owned and operated community bank with 30 full-service branches stretching across Oklahoma and into Kansas. Founded in 1936, RCB is committed to serving its communities with conservative banking practices and progressive banking products like its newest feature for the iPhone app — mobile deposit — which allows approved users to deposit checks using their iPhone. For more information, visit online at or “like” the bank on Facebook.

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