About the Band

Charter Members

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Charter Members

Heart of Texas Concert Band

The Heart of Texas Concert Band, founded in 2009, is celebrating its Crystal (15th) Anniversary 2023-2024 season.

Since its inception, the band has performed over 150 free concerts for increasing audiences in 35 unique venues in San Antonio and surrounding communities.

 

Accolades

The organization was honored to be the 2022 recipient of the Sudler Silver Scroll, sponsored by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. North America’s most prestigious award for community concert bands, the Silver Scroll identifies, recognizes and honors those community bands that have demonstrated particularly high standards of excellence in concert activities over a period of several years, and which have played a significant and leading role in the cultural and musical environment in their respective communities.

 

Conductors

R. Mark Rogers, the 2023 recipient of the Association of Concert Bands Outstanding Conductor Award, and founding Conductor of HTxCB, has shared the podium with more than 30 distinguished colleagues in rehearsals and performances including William Owens, Richard Floyd, Carol Brittin Chambers, Dr. James Worman, Ferd Volmar, and Dr. Gary Garner.

 

Collaborations

The band collaborates with a wide variety of ensembles and cultural organizations in the community, such as the Dianne Brumley Chorale, the River City Ringers of San Antonio, the Alamo City Dance Company, Prickly Pear Clarinet Ensemble, the San Antonio Sax Quartet, the San Antonio Brass, the Cedar Mountain Chorale and the San Antonio Choral Society, to present varied concerts of wide interest.

 

Soloists

Elisabeth Failing; Ezra Johnson; Dr. Rachel Frederikson; tenor, Rafael Moras, a rising star of the opera and classical music world, and Barry Hearn, Principal Trombone of the Dallas Symphony, are some of the 70 featured soloists, instrumental and vocal, that have shared the stage with the band in performance. Paul Cohen, one of America’s most sought-after saxophonists, is scheduled to appear with HTxCB in May 2024.

 

Concert History

The band has performed a series of concerts featuring the works of wind band composers, including concerts devoted to the music of Alfred Reed, James Barnes, John Barnes Chance, W. Francis McBeth, Claude T. Smith, Johan de Meij, Morton Gould, and others; and featured the music of hundreds of composers of numerous genres throughout the past years.

After representing the United States of America by performing the American Premier of Menu by Spanish composer Carlos Pellicer, HTxCB added to the band repertoire by commissioning a new composition entitled Euphoric City for the Tricentennial Celebration of San Antonio; and brought Carlos Pellicer, its composer, from Spain to conduct the premier performance.

In 2012 it was the band’s honor to be recognized and invited to perform at the annual Texas Bandmasters Association Convention/Clinic under the baton of Dutch/American composer Johan de Meij, who returned to San Antonio in January 2021 to conduct the band in a program of his music. In July 2021, the HTxCB was featured at the TBA Convention/Clinic with a program entitled San Antonio’s Spanish Legacy.

 

Alamo City Arts

In early 2022, the Heart of Texas Concert Band joined with Alamo City Arts, expanding our mission to produce quality music performances in greater San Antonio. Alamo City Arts is dedicated to inclusive education in the art of dance, theater, and music. Its initiative is to support the Alamo City Dance Company, Alamo City Symphony Viva, and the Heart of Texas Concert Band productions.

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