When the Brazos Valley Community Band strikes up a tune, you hear more than music. You hear the passion and excitement behind the music. BV Community Band is made up of musicians who play for the sheer joy of music. The band is made up of volunteers who came to the band through no tryouts or auditions—just the love of music and dedication to perform.
BV Community Band’s next performance is scheduled for March 26, 2014, at Covenant Presbyterian Church in College Station, Texas. The performance is part of the church’s regular Wednesday night celebration, with a meal offered at 5:15 p.m. and music starting at 6:15 p.m. Reservations for the meal are needed by the end of the day Monday, March 24, but no reservations are needed to attend just the band performance. To make reservations for the meal (donations requested), contact the church office at (979) 694-7700.
The Brazos Valley Community Band plays a wide variety of musical styles, including patriotic, blues, jazz and classical. Musical instruments cover the gamut from guitar and percussion to brass and woodwinds. At the band’s performance this month, the audience can expect to hear moving pieces such as George M. Cohan’s Patriotic Fantasy, Cole Porter’s Begin the Beguine, and Colonel Bogey March.
Band director Elmer Jackson began the band in 2008 and has continued through to today, with time off for military service in between. He holds a master’s degree in music education and leadership and is school band director at Calvert, Texas, during the day. Asked why he spends his evenings directing another band after a day working with students, Jackson says lightly, “I enjoy my job as band director for Calvert, but this community band is different. It’s like ‘instant results’ here. I just tell them what to do and they do it—they’re all seasoned musicians.”
The band welcomes new members. No auditions are required. The only requirements are to have a love of music, a desire to have fun, and a commitment to practice. Rehearsals take place on Monday nights at Covenant Presbyterian. For more information, check out the band website or Facebook page.