Lubbock band unites musicians of all ages

Reported by: Ashley Claster
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Updated: 12/08/2013 10:19 pm
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The young, the old, a family and a director with a medical history. They are completely different by everyone else's standards. But one simple thing unites them: music.

"We're here for music. We're here to play music. We enjoy playing together, and we enjoy performing. It's a community organization. It's non-profit. So we are volunteering our time and our efforts. We just get together to have fun and make music," Director Kerry Kirk said.

Kirk has battled with Bell's palsy.

"And that's a disease that affects the facial nerves. I can't play tuba anymore," Kirk said. "So they put me in the drum section, which gave me two sticks. I lost a stick, and that made me conductor."

Band and board member Phil Anthony uses the band as a way to stay active in his adult life.

"I enjoy playing my instrument, and this gives me the outlet of performing all of my instruments. So it's a lot of fun for me," Anthony said.

The Lubbock Concert Band has musicians of all ages, from junior high to 82-years-old.

"There's not a venue, to many venues, for people to keep playing. These youngsters coming up could learn so much from the older players," Anthony said.

"Normally, he's sitting next to a person that's in his seventies. It's just so neat to see these two guys, who are so different in ages, playing the same thing and having a great time doing it. It's just a blessing to be a part of this group," band member James Nance said.

The Nance family uses music to stay close with each other.

"Music brings us closer to everyone," Nance said. "It's something that bonds us as a family. It's something that we can do as a family."

Now, all that the community band needs is an audience.

"We'd like to see a full house. We want to encourage you to come out to our concerts. I think it's something that you'll really enjoy," Anthony said.

"We just need to have more people show up," Nance said. "A lot of people don't know about the Lubbock Community Band. We want to get out there that we meet every week during the school year. It's something that, even if you haven't played in years, get your horn out. Come and play. You'll be surprised by how much you remember."

It is a place for the entire community to come together and share their special talents.
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