UTSA Symphonic Band MUS 3751

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The UTSA Symphonic Band is made up of 55-60 outstanding wind players who perform a repertoire chosen from a variety of historical periods and for ensembles of various sizes. While the group occasionally presents pieces composed for smaller groups, much of its time is spent in the study and performance of works from the standard symphonic band repertoire. 

Additionally, the UTSA Symphonic Band is active in commissioning world-renowned composers for premiers on the UTSA campus. Membership is open to all students at the university who audition at the beginning of each semester.  As with every ensemble group at UTSA, professionalism in performance quality and attitude is always emphasized, as these crucial elements of musicianship will serve to benefit students as they enter the world as a performer, educator or other professional.

Meet the Conductor:

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John Zarco serves as Director of Bands at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he conducts the UTSA Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and University Band. His responsibilities also include teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting, wind literature, and music education.

Prior to his appointment at UTSA, Dr. Zarco was Director of Bands at Millersville University in Pennsylvania and taught public school instrumental music at Saratoga High School, in Saratoga, California. Dr. Zarco received a D.M.A. in conducting from the University of Minnesota as well as B.M. and M.M. degrees from California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Zarco has also been awarded honorary memberships in the national organizations of Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

In addition to his work at the university level, Dr. Zarco has conducted the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA) Symphonic Winds and Philharmonic Winds. He has been on the Executive Board of the Texas Music Educators Conference and now serves as the College Division Chair for TMEA Region 29. Dr. Zarco is active as a guest clinician and conductor, with memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, and the Texas Bandmasters Association. His book, Rehearsing the Band, volume 3 is published by Meredith Music and distributed through Hal Leonard.



For information regarding the UTSA Symphonic Band: john.zarco@utsa.edu