About ETSB

Today the band is made up of approximately 65 volunteer musicians from the East Texas Area. This group consists of adults, many of which are band directors from area high schools, as well as high school and college students. Dr. James Snowden continues to head the band as its Director and serves as a great role model for all the musicians as is proven by being a past recipient of the Texas Music Educators Association’s Leadership and Achievement Award, being inducted into the TMEA’s Hall of Fame and receiving Outstanding Music Alumnus from Stephen F. Austin State University.

The ETSB has been awarded a once-in-a-lifetime achievement. The band was presented with the 2014 Community Band of the Year by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The Sudler Silver Scroll award is North America’s most prestigious award for community bands. This recognizes ETSB for demonstrating particularly high standards of excellence in concert activities over a period of several years, and playing a significant and leading role in the cultural and musical environment in the community.

The ETSB has been awarded a once-in-a-lifetime achievement. The band was presented with the 2014 Community Band of the Year by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The Sudler Silver Scroll award is North America’s most prestigious award for community bands. This recognizes ETSB for demonstrating particularly high standards of excellence in concert activities over a period of several years, and playing a significant and leading role in the cultural and musical environment in the community.

In 2016, the Band was invited to and performed at the Texas Bandmaster’s Convention in San Antonio. This was the 2nd performance for ETSB at this convention. In 1997, the Band was invited to perform for the 50th Anniversary Clinic-Convention and was the first “community band” ever invited to play at that event.

In 2022, the Band performed for over 1,500 East Texas fifth graders at daytime concerts that also included participation from area vocalists. The concert was a great way to share the arts with children – some of who may never have seen a live band or live singers before. A similar concert is planned for 2023.

The Band has also played for the Balloon Glow at the Great Texas Balloon Race, ETBU’s Memorial Day Celebration, and the Dedication of the LeTourneau University Belcher Center. The Band was the only instrumental ensemble to perform at this historical event.

One of the most popular events the East Texas Symphonic Band hosts is the annual “Concert In The Park” concert at Teague Park’s Amphitheatre. It usually occurs the Monday (one week) before Memorial Day and features music from the movies, marches, and tributes to the Armed Forces.

The Band has also played for the Balloon Glow at the Great Texas Balloon Race, ETBU’s Memorial Day Celebration, and the Dedication of the LeTourneau University Belcher Center. The Band was the only instrumental ensemble to perform at this historical event.

One of the most popular events the East Texas Symphonic Band hosts is the annual “Concert In The Park” concert at Teague Park’s Amphitheatre. It usually occurs the Monday (one week) before Memorial Day and features music from the movies, marches, and tributes to the Armed Forces.

Dr. Snowden also continues to value collaboration with other arts groups and local artists.

The Board of Directors consists of hard working individuals include both band members and patrons.

The mission of the Board of Directors is to present the symphonic band in appropriate performance settings, and to support the band financially and in any other ways deemed appropriate and effective.

 

Board of Directors

Dr. James Snowden, Musical Director

Jim Hughes, President

Bob Cammack, Treasurer

Wanda Risner, Secretary

Connie Cooper

Janet Galvan

David Hayes

John Henson

Michelle Holyfield

Karen Maines

Tony Naseiro

Woody Ray

Lin Risner

We invite you to watch and listen to recordings of our concerts.

Turn up the sound and enjoy!