By Kristy Smith
The Lone Star Symphonic Band has a long tradition of entertaining Houstonians, particularly those of us fortunate enough to live way out west here in the Katy area. In fact, if you love holiday music, or if you have connections to the Morton Ranch High School Jazz Choir, or if you’re just looking for an all-around fun evening to spend with your family, you’ll be in for a real treat on December 10th when they present their holiday concert, Glory in the Highest, at Holy Covenant United Methodist Church. And, at only $6.00 a ticket (in advance), that’s an affordable and family-friendly evening!
Gi and I met with Bob Bryant, Music Director, and Beverly Buis, President of the Board of Directors for Lone Star Symphonic Band, to get a feeling for what the band is about, and why we should encourage our readers to check them out. What we discovered was a group of musicians, from hobbyists to professionals, who consider themselves a family with a rich history and love of music, and a growing passion for community outreach.
Bob instantly draws you in with his quick wit and obvious passion for this project. He’ll tell you that he “just swing[s] a stick,” but he does far more than that. Bob picks the music, sets the schedule and runs the concerts, but he also sets the tone for rehearsals and guides and challenges the musicians to learn something new, or to approach the music in a different way than maybe they have done in the past. And even though it is hard work, it is the work the members enjoy – so much so that many of the musicians are lifelong members, with several husband and wife pairs, and the band even boasts three generations of the same family!
Aside from being President and playing bass clarinet, Beverly puts together the comprehensive and informative program notes. These notes enrich the audience’s experience and help to inform they way each person connects with the music. The program itself is a gorgeous glossy book filled with not only notes about each piece of music, but also details about who is in the band, awards they’ve received and, of course, the schedule of future concerts, to keep you coming back!
But, why should we go see the band? Because the emcee for the evening will greet you, make you feel comfortable and draw you in instantly to the scene you’re about to witness. Because the conductor will step up, raise the baton, and the musicians will lean in and watch carefully to be guided and lured into the spirit of the evening. Because once they start playing, the music will move you. Because you will hear a familiar melody, and that will make you happy. Because you’ll hear a song you thought you knew but it hits you in a different way and it dances into your heart, your mind, and your spirit. Because the musicians and conductor put their heart and soul into what they do, and you will spend time feeling good, you’ll come away humming a tune in your head or maybe tapping your foot on the way home. Your children will ask you about a song and it’ll spark a conversation and a connection. It might even spark a love of music, or a new passion in your child, or for your family. Music feeds the soul. The Lone Star Symphonic Band makes that music come alive.
Interested? Check out their website for upcoming concerts and ticket information, but get there quickly as the Holiday concert usually sells out.
I hope to see you there!
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