World renowned fiddle sensation and the University of Central Oklahoma’s Musical Ambassador, Kyle Dillingham, heads the band and has performed his magic in over 25 countries, which has electrified and energized audiences around the world. The Enid native picked up the violin when he was nine, and eight years later, he gave two featured performances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Though he had an attractive offer to continue in Nashville, Kyle always believed that his musical talents could serve Oklahoma best by staying in Oklahoma.
Named Oklahoma’s Musical Ambassador by Governor Henry, Kyle has helped develop over thirty relationships between universities in Oklahoma and overseas universities, and brought attention to the name of Oklahoma in 30 countries. He has also performed in over 50 schools in Oklahoma.
He was a featured performer for the King of Malaysia, the Princess of Thailand, Singapore’s National Day Celebration, and he was televised throughout all of China. A frequent visitor to Washington D.C, he has performed for the Japanese, Thai, Romanian, and Saudi Arabian Ambassadors, to name a few. He has also performed with Roy Clarke and Hank Thompson.
Kyle has played for over a hundred charity events in Oklahoma and performed for the launching of the UCO’s Centre for Global Competency where he took the stage with National Geographic Journalist, Lisa Ling. Kyle was also featured on the Memorial Thank You Concert at the Ford Center in OKC along with Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb and Toby Keith. Kyle received a standing ovation from the sold out Ford Center that night.
In collaboration with Edmond composer, Callen Clarke, Kyle was commissioned by UCO to perform “Argosy Overture”, a composition for violin and symphony orchestra.
In 2009, Kyle traveled to Thailand where he starred in the musical, “Phra Lor.” The Bangkok Post wrote, “Dillingham can bewitch and conjure a range of emotions from his violin…The music becomes the most intriguing and seductive aspect of this production.”
Kyle was honored by Governor Brad Henry as a recipient of the 2009 Governor's Arts Award, acknowledging his life's work as a violinist, vocalist, musical ambassador for the state of Oklahoma and for his gift to connect with people throughout the world.
"The Mary Rose,” a tribute to Tudor England, officially launched an initiative to revive Symphonic Music in America and the World through the creation and performance of exciting new orchestral repertoire. Prince Charles sent two delegates to OK for the premier and Gov. Henry proclaimed it Mary Rose Day. Kyle has been invited to perform for the grand opening of The Mary Rose Museum in 2012 in England.
Kyle is one of Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 under 40, an elite list of selected young Oklahoma’s making a difference in our state. Kyle is also one of OKC Biz Magazine’s top 40 under 40. As a Creativity Ambassador, he performed as a part of the Creativity World Forum in November, 2010. The next day he was a featured performer for Jimmy Webb Day.
President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate, Glenn Coffee, just appointed Kyle as a member of the “Oklahoma School for the Visual and Performing Arts Board of Trustees. Kyle has also been hired as “Ambassador in Residence” for the University of Central Oklahoma to use his “musical diplomacy” to help develop and strengthen new overseas relationships for the university.