Thank You!!

Thanks to all who attended the 36th Infantry Division Band concert this last Thursday!!  What a great event for Snyder!   

A bigger thanks to Paula Hatfield for all of her hard work to get the band to Snyder and to organize the event!!  

And finally, an EVEN BIGGER thanks to American Legion Post 181 for their sponsorship of this event!!

We greatly appreciate all who organized, helped, sponsored and attended this event!!   

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Coming this Thursday, June 26th!!!!

A FREE patriotic concert by the 36th Army Infantry Division Band!!!   We can’t think of a better way to begin celebrating our nation’s Independence Day!!!  Hope to see you there!!!

Photo: Mark your calendars!! The 36th Infantry Division Band is coming to Snyder on Thursday, June 26th at the Worsham Auditorium!  The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. and is FREE!! Please make plans to attend this wonderful event which is sponsored by American Legion Post #181 and the Scurry County Arts Alliance.

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The 36th Infantry Division Band is Coming to Snyder!!

Mark your calendars for this special event! 

The Official Bio of the 36th Infantry Division Band:

“The 36th Infantry Division Band was first formed on April 1, 1937 in New Braunfels, Texas as an element of the historic 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National Guard. The band, along with the entire 36 Infantry Division, was federally activated for WWII, becoming the first American Division to touch European soil during the invasion of Italy. After serving in Europe for the remainder of WWII, the unit was deactivated from federal service on February 15, 1946 in Europe, later to be reorganized in 1947 in New Braunfels, Texas. The location of the band was changed on June 1, 1968, from New Braunfels to Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas, at which time both the 36th Infantry Division Band and the 49th Armored Division Band were combined to become the 236th Army Band, Texas Army National Guard. In 1973 the 49th Armored Division Band was reactivated, continuing the unit’s visibility with tours of Italy, Australia, Bosnia, and the Czech Republic. In the summer of 2004, the 49th Armored Division was deactivated, and the unit returned to its original designation as the 36th Infantry Division Band, Texas Army National Guard. The 36th ID Band’s most recent honors include the awarding of the prestigious COL Howard Award for Military Concert Bands, both in 2008 and 2012. Since returning from Basra, Iraq in 2011, the “Lone Star Band” and its citizen soldiers continue to be the most visible public element of the Texas Military Forces, representing The Texas Army National Guard in both military and civilian events across the great state of Texas.

Our official mission is:

Army Bands provide music throughout the spectrum of military operations to instill in our forces the will to fight and win, foster the support of our citizens, and promote our national interests at home and abroad.

Our current numbers are: 52 total members ( male, female) and the first female joined in the mid 1970s.

The total number has fluctuated from about 30 members in the 1990s to over 70 in 2011.

Many occupations are represented including retail, public works, and full-time musicians, but the highest we have are educators (teachers and administrators) and college students.

We have played at 36th Division WWII reunions, but the 36th association has since stopped due to a decline in original members. Unsure of the current oldest living member, but the First Sergeant of the band during WWII passed away last year.

We are stationed at Camp Mabry in Austin and all of our members are part of the Texas Army National Guard. Not everyone is from Texas, but we did get here as fast as we could.”

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Community Art Show at the Scurry County Museum

The Community Art Show entries are up and ready to be viewed at the Scurry County Museum! You can cast your vote for the People’s Choice award through Monday, April 21st. The Museum will be open this Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with regular hours resuming on Monday (9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.). There will be an awards reception on Tuesday evening, April 22nd, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and the People’s Choice selection will be announced at that time.

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Community Art Show at the Scurry County Museum

The Community Art Show is almost upon us!!   This year’s event is sponsored by the Scurry County Museum, the Snyder Palette Club and the Scurry County Art Alliance.   The entry categories are original, 2D, 3D, and photography, and all ages are invited to participate.  Awards will be given in each category plus there will be a People’s Choice Award for the overall viewers’ favorite.  Entries are now being accepted by the Scurry County Museum (located on the Western Texas College campus).  Artwork and applications may be dropped off at the Museum beginning Monday, April 7th  through Thursday, April 10th, between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.   The show will be open to the public for viewing and People’s Choice voting from April 14th to April 21st.  Artwork will remain on display through May 3rd.  A reception will be held on April 22nd from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to announce the category and People’s Choice winners.   Please call the Scurry County Museum at (325) 573-6107 for more details.  C’mon Scurry County!  Show us your art!!! 

 

 

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The FREE Piatigorsky Concert is Monday, February 3rd!!!

Just a reminder!   Come join us at the Scurry County Museum (located on the Western Texas College campus) at 6:00 p.m., Monday, February 3rd, for a wonderful hour of entertainment.   The concert will feature Piatigorsky Foundation founder and cellist Evan Drachman and pianist Jeffrey Grossman.   Don’t let the weather discourage you!  The Museum will be nice and warm!

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Piatigorsky Foundation Concert, February 3, 2014

The Scurry County Arts Alliance and the Scurry County Museum are once again teaming up with the Piatigorsky Foundation for a  one-hour concert featuring two talented artists.   This is the third Piatigorsky Foundation concert which SCAA has sponsored and the second such concert to be held at the Scurry County Museum.  The Museum offers a wonderful, intimate venue for the artists and the attendees.   We are very honored to have the founder of the Piatigorsky Foundation, Evan Drachman, cellist, performing for us this year.   Pianist, Jeffrey Grossman will be making his second visit to Snyder, and we are extremely happy to have him back!   Through their musical performance and comprehensive commentaries, you will gain an unparalleled understanding of the classical music pieces and composers.   If you have never attended one of these concerts, please come and be inspired!    The concert is free.   Donations are always wecome (but not required) to help defray event costs.  Following the concert, please stay to meet the artists.

The concert is on Monday, February 03, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at the Scurry County Museum located on the Western Texas College campus (6200 College Avenue, Snyder  TX).  

For more information about the concert, please contact Paula Hatfield at 325-575-2391.   For more information about the Piatigorsky Foundation, please visit them at www.piatigorskyfoundation.org

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Cellist EVAN DRACHMAN has combined artistic talent with great personal compassion and warmth to create a distinctive musical career.  Mr. Drachman is increasingly sought-after for his solo and chamber music performances, and as Founder and Artistic Director of The Piatigorsky Foundation, he has become one of the most respected authorities on the presentation of live classical music for diverse audiences everywhere.  In 1999, Mr. Drachman recorded his first CD, A Frog He Went a Courting, with pianist Richard Dowling.  Following this success, Drachman and Dowling released two more recordings titled, Infinity in 2004 and Romance and Revelation in 2007.  Mr. Drachman has appeared regularly as soloist with orchestras, and in recitals and chamber music performances across the United States, Europe and Asia.  Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Drachman studied at the Peabody Conservatory, the New England Conservatory, and the Curtis Institute of Music.  He has spent his summers performing at music festivals in the United States and abroad.  Mr. Drachman currently lives in Maryland with his wife Joan and their two sons, Eli and Oliver.

JEFFREY GROSSMAN’s extensive musical activities include frequent performances as a pianist, harpsichordist, and conductor.  Acclaimed for his musicality in every style, he has been praised as a “sensitive and fluent accompanist” of “flair and conviction” in Fanfare magazine.  A native of Detroit, Michigan, he holds degrees in music from Harvard College, The Juilliard School, and Carnegie Mellon University. Jeffrey is co-leader of the acclaimed baroque ensemble The Sebastians and also performs with numerous groups in the New York metropolitan area, including PHOENIXtail, Fire and Folly, and New York Baroque Incorporated.  He can be heard in recordings on the Naxos, Albany, Métier, MSR Classics, and Gothic labels.  This is Jeffrey’s eighth season touring with artists of The Piatigorsky Foundation.  He currently resides in New York City.

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