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TAMIU Band Program Friday Celebrates 20 Years, Honors Elmo López, Sr. Posted: 5/04/17

TAMIU Band Program Friday Celebrates 20 Years, Honors Elmo López, Sr.


TAMIU Concert
Elmo López Sr., TAMIU's first Director of Bands  

Celebrate 20 years of making music and entertaining audiences by the Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) Band Program at the TAMIU Spring Symphonic Band Concert Friday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the TAMIU Center for the Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA) Recital Hall. The Band Concert will also recognize the first TAMIU Director of Bands, Elmo López Sr.

General admission is $5 and free for students with a valid ID and for children 12 years and younger.

A longtime music educator, López volunteered to be the first TAMIU Director of Bands in 1997 and was also instrumental in starting and developing the TAMIU Mariachi Internacional Program. He continued as Director of Bands until his retirement in 2002. In recognition of his work with the band program at TAMIU, López received an Honorary Doctor of Human Letters in 2006.

The evening’s program will open with a circus march, “Invictus,” composed by Karl King, and followed by “Suite of Old American Dances,” by Richard Rodney Bennett.

Also in the program is “When Jesus Wept” by William Schuman and performed by TAMIU students Ricardo Martínez on trumpet and Aarón Hernández on euphonium.

The program concludes with “Angels in the Architecture” by Frank Ticheli and will feature TAMIU faculty: soprano Dana Crabtree, instructor, music and voice; Dr. Colin Campbell, University organist; and celeste, Dr. Friedrich Gechter, associate professor, piano.

For more information, contact Dr. James Moyer, TAMIU Director of Bands, at 326.2640 or or visit offices in CFPA 116.

University office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Additional information is available at and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. There is a playlist with some of their Spring 2017 performances at