The Heart of Texas Concert BandSan Antonio, TX
About the Band
The Heart of Texas Concert Band is an all-volunteer community band as diverse as San Antonio, not only in our membership, but also in the music we play and the different venues in which we perform, giving our gift of music to the community.
Founded in March of 2009, the Heart of Texas Concert Band performs 10+ concerts a season for enthusiastic and appreciative audiences of all ages. The Heart of Texas Concert Band, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, is an all-volunteer band consisting of about 90 members. The directors, members, officers and supporting staff do not receive monetary compensation. Funding for the band comes primarily through donations from members and patrons. Additional funding is provided through contributions at concert performances.
The purposes of the band are to provide the community with quality instrumental ensembles, to provide challenging performance opportunities for adult musicians of all ages, and to provide opportunities for qualified young musicians to enrich their musical education.
We interact in a cooperative spirit with cultural organizations in the community, and cooperate with the local schools in planning activities.
We stress the importance of music as an integral part of the community culture and actively pursue better integration and heightened awareness of the arts.
Beginning in the fall of 2013, the Heart of Texas Concert Band entered into a cooperative agreement with San Antonio College. Under this agreement, San Antonio College music students who perform on wind and percussion instruments are able to perform as members of the Heart of Texas Concert Band to satisfy their requirement for membership in a performing ensemble of the highest caliber. The HTxCB wishes to extend its deepest thanks to Alamo Community College District and the Department of Fine Arts at SAC, Jeff Hunt, department chair, for this opportunity to contribute to musical life at SAC and to enrich the cultural arts scene in the north central area of San Antonio.
Dr. R. Mark Rogers has degrees from Texas Tech University and the University of Texas and is the former Director of Publications for Southern Music Company. He is the author of editions of the music of Percy Grainger and John Philip Sousa that have entered band repertory worldwide and is also widely published as an arranger and transcriber.
Mike Olson is a retired Texas band director of nearly 40 years. He earned his BM and MM degrees from North Texas State University in Denton, Texas. Mike is a Past President of Texas Bandmasters Association and a member of Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha, TBA, TMEA, and TMAA. Mr. Olson has been on the UIL Advisory Board, TMEA Region Band Chairman, UIL Delius Award Nominee and in Who’s Who of American Teachers.