The Lone Star Symphonic Band is an adult community organization comprised of volunteers from the greater Houston Metropolitan area. The Band membership is composed of individuals from various walks of life and range in age from high school students up through members in the upper eighties. The Band is a diversified group of people who have a common tie that brings everyone together: a love to play music and perform music in the community.
The Band has performed numerous concerts throughout the Houston Metropolitan area. Some of the notable performances by the Band include concerts at the Stafford Centre (2004, 2007), Sienna Plantation Amphitheatre (2001), NRG Stadium (2007, 2008), The Centrum (2008), the Kemah Boardwalk (2005), and the Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens (2003), as well as many high school performing arts centers across the city. The Band is dedicated to providing quality performances for audiences located throughout the Greater Houston area.
The Band was originally formed in 1993 as the West Houston Concert Band under the direction of Tom Stuchbery. Over the course of its existence the Band has rehearsed at various churches and schools locations throughout the Houston area in Katy, Alief, and Spring Branch. Previous conductors include Joe Williams, Terry Crummel, Dale Koran, Phillip Hatton, Ken Henderson, Robert McElroy, Jon Fisher, Steven Levenson, and Dr. Clancy Weeks.
In late November 2002 the West Houston Concert Band reorganized as the Lone Star Symphonic Band in an effort to reach out to a broader geographical range of listeners and patrons in the Houston Metropolitan area and the State of Texas.
From 2005 through 2011, the Lone Star Symphonic Band entered into a joint venture with Houston Community College - Spring Branch Campus whereby registered music students of the college would be able to sit in and play in the Band for course credit and fill needed sections. In return, the Band would be allowed to rehearse and perform concerts at the college auditorium.
In the Spring of 2007, the Band partnered with 5 other community bands as a founding member of the Houston Area Community Music Association. Membership in this association brought the Band performances in the 1st and 2nd Annual Houston Area Community Music Festivals. The 2007 Festival was held at the StafforId Centre and the 2008 Festival was held at The Centrum. Both festivals featured a joint community band conducted by prominent conductors Robert McElroy and Eugene Corporon, respectively.
In August 2007, the Band hired Mr. Bob Bryant as its 11th Music Director. Upon his arrival, Mr. Bryant brought longtime colleague and friend Mr. James Morris to serve as the Band's announcer. Since 2007, the Band has grown from about 50 musicians to over 75 and has seen attendance at performances surpass all-time highs.
In April of 2009, the Band, in partnership with the Woodlands Concert Band and Houston Concert Band, co-hosted and performed at the Association of Concert Band's annual national convention in North Houston. The convention attracted musicians and community bands from all across the country and North America and featured a performance by the convention band directed by renowned composer Robert Sheldon.
In 2011, the Band formed an partnership with CrossPoint Community Church in Katy, Texas for the Band to hold all rehearsals and performances at the church. This has allowed the Band to grow in numbers for both rehearsals and performances.
2012 proved to be a very successful year in the Band's history. In the summer of 2012, the Band recorded its first CD that was initially sold to the general public later in the fall. In December of 2012, the Band was awarded the Sudler Silver Scroll by the John Phillip Sousa Foundation. This prestigious award is given annually to top community bands in the United States of America. The award was publicly presented at the Band's first performance in 2013 by Mr. Richard Crain, former conductor of the Band and President of the Midwest Clinic.
In 2013, the Band recorded its second CD, titled "Sounds of the Season", featuring a collection of Christmas and Chanukah favorites.
In 2015 the Band was invited to perform at the Texas Bandmasters Association's annual convention in San Antonio at the Lila Cockrell Theater. This marked the first trip by the Band out of the Katy and Houston Area, with more hopefully to come. This performance featured former conductor Richard Crain and composer Mark Camphouse as guest conductors of the Band and was capped off by the premier of the newly commisioned piece "Asenet" composed by Gabe Musella.
In August 2016, Lone Star Symphonic Band moved to its current rehearsal and concert home - Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, in Katy. This move allowed the audience to sit in more comfortable seats during concerts, and also for them to see more of the Band during performances. It also gave the Band a bigger stage to perform on. At the October concert, Mr. David Van Wyk sang with the band on Nessun Dorma.
Ms. Bonnie Steele performed with the Band at the May 2017 concert, singing 2 songs with the band. The Band formed a Community Chorus for the Patriotic concert, and American Legion Post 164 presented the colors before the performance began.