ABOUT US

The Brazos Valley Community Band is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which plays a wide variety of musical styles, including patriotic, blues, movie themes, jazz and classical.  The band is an all-volunteer group of musicians, many of whom played in high school or college bands, and still simply enjoy making music.  

For many of us, music has always been an important part of our lives. Whether it was the hours of practicing on our own mastering our instrument or spending time with fellow musicians to perfect a piece of music together, we have enjoyed the camaraderie of performing live music as part of a group.

The Brazos Valley Community Band invites you to continue to perfect your craft and join with like-minded musicians who want to work together to create great music. And in the end, we all get to bring a variety of live music to our Brazos Valley community.

No matter what your musical background, we welcome any variety of brass, woodwind or percussion instruments to be a part of the band.  All we ask is that you are faithfully committed to learning the music, participating in band rehearsals, and playing in our performances. Join us for practice on Monday evenings from 7:15-9:15 pm at Covenant Presbyterian Church in College Station, TX. For directions, or if you have any more questions, please reach out to us at the link below.

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Richard Alexander
Board Vice President

Richard began his love of playing the clarinet while a member of the Arlington Heights High School band in Fort Worth, TX. He continued his musical career in college at Texas A&M where he served as one of the Drum Majors for the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.  Upon graduating and entering the work world, his clarinet went into “hibernation” for about 15 years. He eventually rediscovered the joys of playing music in an organized group when he joined the orchestra of First Baptist Church of Bryan. After retiring as a professor from Texas A&M, Richard and his wife moved to Arkansas where he joined the Hot Springs Concert Band while continuing to play in his church orchestra.

When family brought them back to the Bryan/College Station area, Richard was happy to find the Brazos Valley Community Band where he currently serves as Vice-President of the board. Richard enjoys the variety of music that the band plays and spending time with his fellow band members. His motto is “If it’s not fun, I’m not going to do it!” so he is thrilled that the band always has a great time rehearsing and performing music together.

Glen Thompson
Board Secretary

Bill has been playing a musical instrument for over 60 years, starting on the clarinet in the fourth grade in Renton, Washington.  Later in school he switched to tenor saxophone which he continued to play through two years of college, including one trip to the Rose Bowl with the University of Washington Husky marching band. 

After a 20-year absence from formal music, he became a charter member of a community band in Renton, Washington.  He continued playing in as many as three community bands, a week, for several years playing while working during the day and attending night school to finish a college education.  Bill always noted that playing in the bands was the best way to relax while managing a heavy schedule.  He was also heavily involved, both as a member or board member, in four different community bands in the Seattle area over the years.

After moving to Texas in 2003, there was a brief time when he was unable to play in a formal group, until he discovered the Communities in Concert Band in Rockdale where he has played a variety of instruments as needed. He learned of the Brazos Valley Community Band in 2015 through a member who was also in the Rockdale group, and promptly joined.  Within a year he was elected president of the group, a position he currently holds. Music has always been a part of his life. During the 20 years he was not in a formal band, he continued to practice by playing along with a recording made when he was a member of an all-star regional band during high school. Bill enjoys playing good music, playing it well, for an appreciative audience, and believes that the Brazos Valley Community Band can provide that musical outlet.

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Bryana Childers
Board Treasurer

Bryana’s musical journey began quite inauspiciously in the seventh grade when she couldn’t even make a sound on her new flute. But she didn’t give up, and after three weeks of nothing, it finally clicked!  Thankfully, things picked up after that.

 

Playing in junior high, high school, and college gave her the opportunity to meet many good friends.  Several of her friends from the West Texas A&M University Band still meet and travel together.  Playing the flute as an elementary teacher and playing in churches continued to give her an outlet for her love of music.

Bryana read about the Brazos Valley Community Band in the newspaper and decided to give it a try.  Well, nine years later she often asks people she meets, “Do you play a musical instrument?”  Often the response is, “Well, I used to many years ago.”  She always tells them, “If music is in your heart, it wants to get out!”  Several of the BVCB members hadn’t picked up their instruments for years, but now they are enjoying the rehearsals, the individual practice needed, and the relationships formed with other musicians.  

“I am thankful for the God-given ability to play a musical instrument and for the opportunities I have been afforded to share that gift,” says Bryana.  She would encourage you to join the band and be a part of something that gives great joy to so many people.

MEET THE TEAM

Elmer Jackson
Band Director

Music has had a great impact in the life of Elmer Jackson, the Brazos Valley Community Band Director. He has spent a large part of his professional career as a musician and band director. Elmer spent 22 years in the US Army Band where he was privileged to perform for people all over the world playing a variety of instruments.   Elmer has a Master’s Degree in Music Education and Leadership and currently serves as a school band director in the Houston area.

Elmer started the Brazos Valley Community Band in the fall of 2008 with the goal of bringing a large variety of live music to the people of the Brazos Valley. He continues to serve as director and has enjoyed seeing the band grow from just two players to now well over 35! He looks forward to seeing the band continue to grow and providing more opportunity for the Brazos Valley to hear them perform.

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Glen started playing trombone in Jr. High School and has loved playing in bands all his life. During his school years, he was fortunate to have wonderful band directors that took a personal interest in each one of their students and demanded that they do their best every day. He wasn’t aware of it at the time but being in the band changed his life.

When it was time for college, Glen decided to major in music education with an emphasis in trombone.  He attended Texas Tech University and became a part of the “Going band from Raider Land”. While working on his Master’s degree in Music Education, he played in the great symphonic band at West Texas State University. After completing his education, Glen had the privilege to serve as a band director in several locations in Texas and even overseas.

Glen remembers that after retiring, whenever he would see a band perform he would wish that he could be a part of that crazy organization just one more time. That opportunity came when he was invited to join the Brazos Valley Community Band. Once again, he found that joy that comes from being a part of a band.  Glen says, “I’m not as good a trombone player as I once was, but I enjoy playing and performing once again with a group of quality musicians in a band that brings back the joy of being in the band.”

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Bill Perry
Board President