New members for the Deer Park Orchestra

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The Deer Park Community Concert Band is looking to add members, said conductor Tommy Juarez, who has scheduled the group’s two spring concerts for March 20 and May 15 at Deer Park First Baptist Church.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who is currently or has been a musician who plays woodwinds, brass or percussion,” Juarez said. “You can be an athlete for so long, but a musician for a lifetime.”

The group will rehearse every Monday from 7:10 to 8:30 p.m. at Bonnette Junior High School, 5010 W. Pasadena Blvd. in the deer park. However, the first rehearsal, Jan. 10, will start at 6:30 p.m. “to take care of the band’s business first,” Juarez said.

Several membership fees are available: $ 20 per year for individuals, $ 10 for college students and $ 30 for couples.

“We are all volunteers,” Juarez said. “The performers are here to continue the satisfaction of making music they first experienced in their undergraduate groups, throughout high school and, in many cases, college.”

Juarez, who lives in Baytown, was born into a family of musicians, mostly on his father’s side, and learned the alto saxophone in grade six “because all the clarinets were taken.”

“I would always focus on the group director,” he said. “I immersed myself in everything and participated in almost all of the ensembles. “

Juarez conducted school orchestras in Baytown and Lake Charles, Louisiana, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Arts from McNeese University.

Then he toured the world with the Continental Singers as instrumentalist, singer and assistant director.

Since fall 2015, Juarez has been working as a recruiter and student transition specialist at Lee College in Baytown.

“I think one of the reasons I work with the Deer Park Community Concert Band is simply the satisfaction that comes with creating music,” he said. “There is no other company like this. It fills the hearts and souls of the musicians who create it as well as those who benefit from its listening. Music is part of our lives. No human lives a day without hearing or creating some kind of music.

The Deer Park Community Concert Band was formed in January 2019 and gave two concerts each spring and fall until the pandemic struck last year.

“The squad consisted of 38 to 46 players ranging in age from 18 to our more seasoned players in the 70s,” Juarez said. “We are a mix of current group directors, students and other very talented people. The # 1 concern we hear is “Haven’t played the horn for a number of years” but it’s like riding a bike, you quickly find out that you never lost your touch. “

At the first meeting in January, musicians will sight-read some pieces and then be asked whether they should rehearse these or other works for their first concert.

For more information, contact Juarez at [email protected]

Don Maines is a freelance writer who can be contacted at [email protected]


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