EAST TEXAS SYMPHONIC BAND INC

Rating: 4.8 stars   5 reviews 106

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 251 Longview TX 75606 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have attended the East Texas Symphonic Band concerts for years and enjoyed the varied musical selections immensely. Some of the pieces they play have me tapping my foot, others bring tears to my eyes, and others make my chest swell with pride. And the fact that the concerts are free means anyone and everyone can come and have that same experience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a member of the audience I enjoy the great concerts. Helping in the lobby I hear many positive comments from concert audiences. As a board member I get to read the many positive comments from the donors.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The generosity of the musicians who volunteer their time for rehearsals and performances. The generosity of the patrons who enjoy the music and appreciate the efforts of the musicians enough to donate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Advertise in more places to entice a larger and more varied audience. Find ways to bring the music to folks that can't attend the concerts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The musicians volunteer their time and talents to provide the Longview area with a wonderful listening experience. And attending the concerts at the Belcher Center is fantastic. The fact that the concerts are provided free of charge is just a bonus. I find myself tapping my toes with the marches.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the wonderful concerts and the people involved in bringing free concerts to East Texas.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The East Texas Symphonic Band is a collection of truly gifted musicians that give their time and talents to the community. The band offers 4 concerts a year to the Longview area residence. My favorite is the outdoor Pops concert at Teague Park Amptheater in Spring. This concert is truly a throwback to the community bands that used to dot small communities decades ago. The Band plays a wide assortment of crowd pleasing showtunes (Oklahoma, Tribute to John Williams), serious classical pieces along with a great assortment of the Band's specialty - military marches. If given an opportunity, do not pass on a performance.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the free concerts is provides to the community. Bandsman raise money to fund the concerts through an annual golf tournament.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

East Texas Symphonic Band offers wonderful music for everyone! Dr. Snowden manages to select pieces from varied genres so that any audience will hear something they like. The fact that these accomplished musicians are willing to give the tremendous time commitment to perform with the band and do it as a community service, no less, continues to amaze me. East Texas Symphonic Band truly is an artistic gem in the greater Longview community!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending the concerts, which are most enjoyable, and are FREE!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

When I moved to Longview Texas 16 years ago, I never thought I would have the opportunity to play my oboe again. Boy was I wrong!! Shortly after moving, I was invited to play with the East Texas Symphonic Band and have been playing off and on (mostly on) with the Band since 1995. This volunteer band provides the perfect setting for adult musicians to keep up their musical talents in a fun and challenging atmosphere. The music is varied - we do play a lot of marches, and those tend not to be my favorites, but we also play lots of symphonies (many transcribed for band by our director Dr. James Snowden) and other wonderful pieces. There is always something for our audience's varied tastes as well. Another wonderful feature of our band is that all of our concerts are FREE - yes I said FREE. I strongly believe that this is a selling point with our band and our audience. We also get to provide these free concerts at the beautiful new S.E Belcher Chapel and Performance Center on the LeTourneau University Campus and the acoustics are amazing. It's also still amazing to me that a small town such as this has the talent that is has. We are truly blessed. And our audience is ever expanding, and we are continually getting interest from local musicians to join our band. I think that says a whole lot about the quality of our organization. I invite everyone in the North East Texas area to come and see just what a gift Longview has in the East Texas Symphonic Band!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the positive comments of audience members after a performance.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

work to get our musicians more involved in fundraising and/or promotional efforts.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to continue playing my oboe on a regular basis.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, and willing to do what they could to make the Band the best.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

purchase all kinds of music, buy stand lights for each musician, pay for tuxes and dresses for the musicians, purchase informal uniforms for the musicians, travel and perform around the country, pay our guest soloists what they are really worth.

Ways to make it better...

rehearsals didn't start so late and on Sunday nights.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

fundraising. It is very difficult for us as we do not have a strong fund raiser on our board.

One thing I'd also say is that...

even with some of its faults, this truly is a great organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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