Community Jazz Band seeks more musicians

The Kerrville Community Jazz Band includes: (front row, from left) Justin Kolb, Vanessa Crabtree, Paul Bennight, Katie Brooks, Jake Irby, Roxanne Vickers, Geoffrey B. Elliott and Jim Cains; (back row) Briezie, Virgil Justice, Jeff Crabtree, Jadyn Doss, Justin Haiplin, Jacinto Zambrano, Don Doss, and the Drummer.

The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center has been offering a joint venture with Kerrville ISD Tivy High School this summer.

Jeff Crabtree, performing arts coordinator for the Kerrville Kroc Center, in collaboration with Roxanne Vickers, head band director for Tivy High School, have formed the “Kerrville Community Jazz Band,” and it’s still open to new musicians to join.

The Kerrville Community Jazz Band is open to community members 15 years of age and older, who are skillful at one of the following instruments: saxophone (alto, tenor, baritone), trombone, bass trombone, trumpet, or rhythm (kit, keyboard, bass, and guitar).

Members need to provide their own instruments.

“Right now we’re most in need of more players with brass instruments – trombones or trumpets – and we need a couple guitar players and another string bass, too,” he said.

Crabtree said in addition to a group vote changing the practice time from early afternoon on Saturdays to 2-3:30 p.m., they also are discussing whether to continue meeting weekly or if bi-weekly practices may be set.

“I have a mix of students and the community, probably ages 16 to some in their 60s. The diversity is nice,” he said. “Mainly the members need to be able to read music; and it would be helpful if they have experience in a band or jazz band.”

He said he is open to members from bands at the Ingram and Center Point high schools, and even from Fredericksburg if someone is willing to drive that far.

“I know some musicians in Kerrville who drive to the north part of San Antonio to play in community bands.”

“Our goal is to play outside the Kroc Center at community events, maybe at the end of the year at a Christmas bash. To be able to play at a music festival would be fun,” he said.

One of their first community events will be to play and volunteer at the Salvation Army’s “Back to School Bash” on Aug. 11.

“We’re going to hand out some flyers and we’ll have a ‘petting zoo’ of instruments available for kids and adults to handle and try out. It might get them interested in playing in a group like this.”

He said they haven’t quite worked out some fundraising, as he occasionally needs to buy music for the band members.

But he hopes they will be invited to play for outside events for a fee.

Rehearsals for the Kerrville Community Jazz Band are held Saturdays, and by a membership vote recently they will meet for practice 2-3:30 p.m. in the Kathleen Cailloux Worship & Arts Center, located within the Kroc Center.

The Kroc Center is located at 201 Holdsworth Drive.

Weekly rehearsals continue over the summer and into the fall and next year, Crabtree said.

Those interested in participating in the Kerrville Community Jazz Band are invited and encouraged to come to the Saturday rehearsals. To participate, there is no charge.

For additional information about the Kerrville Community Jazz Band, contact Jeff Crabtree at (830) 315-5770; or email him at; or Roxanne Vickers at Roxanne.

Crabtree said prospective players also can just show up on a Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. and show him what they can do.

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