Release Date: Sept. 29, 2009
ASU Speaker to Address Early Texas Band Movement
A guest lecturer will put the colorful beginnings of the band movement in Texas in the spotlight during a multimedia presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building’s Eldon U. Black Recital Hall on the Angelo State University campus.
The 7:30 p.m. lecture by Dr. Gary Barrow, professor of music at Arkansas Tech University, will address the growth of Texas bands in the early 1900s. The movement was marred by con men selling instruments, beginning programs and then moving on without providing adequate instruction.
Public pressure eventually led to the formation of the Texas Band Teachers Association, which emphasized education rather than profit. Barrow will incorporate slides and photos from his research into the lecture, which is open free to the public. His lecture was featured at a recent national convention of the Society of American Music.
The accomplished trumpet professional will present a master class at 3:30 p.m., also open free to the public. In addition, he will exhibit some vintage music and instruments.
Barrow holds a doctorate in brass pedagogy from the University of North Texas and a master of music in trumpet performance from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Before his appointment at Arkansas Tech, Barrow was principal trumpet with the Colorado Springs Symphony and a member of the U.S. Army Band in Washington, D.C.
For more information, contact the ASU Department of Art and Music at 942-2085 or go online to www.angelo.edu/dept/artmusic/musichome.html.