Four States Bandmasters Association Clinic & Concerts are going on at Texas High. It’s happening today through Saturday.
Four States Bandmasters Clinic & Concerts will bring an expected 400 students representing 55 schools from the four states area will be in attendance.
According to the Texarkana Texas Independent School District, the Four States Bandmasters Convention & Clinic brings together the musical abilities of area students who have been nominated to the Four States Honor Band.
They are nominated by area band directors. During the course of the convention, students audition for one of three bands. That includes jazz, concert and symphonic.
Following their concert assignment, students rehearse on a daily basis and present a series of concerts to the community which will be held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The performances will be at the Sullivan Performing Arts Center & John Thomas Theatre.
Admission is FREE and the public is invited to attend.
TISD says prior to the concert series, the organization will induct Robert Hesse into the Hall of Fame. He is the Director of Athletic Bands at Ouachita Baptist University. Arnie Lawson, Director of Music will be inducted. He is director of bands at the Texarkana Texas Independent School District. Lastly, Les Pack will be inducted. He is Professor of Music, at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
Band conductors for the concert series are chosen by the Four States Bandmasters.
One of this year’s conductors is Dr. David W. Campo. He is Professor of Music and Director of Bands for Stephen F. Austin State University. Also, conducting is Dr. Steven M. Knight. He is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands for Henderson State University. Lastly, Andy Pizzo will also conduct. He is a Professional Trombonist. He is Director of Bands for Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School.
On Saturday, the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for Robert Hesse, Arnie Lawson, and Les Pack will begin at 2pm. The Concert Series will begin immediately following in the John Thomas Theatre at Texas High.
Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
To find out more about the Four States Bandmasters Association check out their website.