Now's the time to prepare
Take Note Band Audition CD, DVD

Due September 26, 2014

Teens who are interested in developing their talents and performing on stage are asked to begin preparing their audition CD or DVD and apply to be a part of the City’s award winning Take Note youth bank. The Parks and Recreation Department is asking musicians, ages 13 to 18, to submit their best work by Friday, Sept. 26.

TAKE NOTE Band"We are trying to get the word out early to give the City’s best young musical talent the opportunity create a quality audition piece that could potentially lead to them joining our award winning program," says Band Director Javier Garcia. "Several of our band members have gone on to receive musical scholarships to colleges and universities."

The Parks and Recreation Department’s Take Note band is looking for vocalists, keyboardists, bassists, drummers, percussionists and saxophonists. Interested youth should submit a photo and a DVD or CD with a demonstration of themselves performing on their instrument or demonstrating their singing ability and stage presence. They should also submit a letter explaining how they can add to and benefit from participation in the band. Full application requirements are listed on the website.

Those chosen from a live audition to be a member of Take Note will be introduced to the concepts needed to perform a variety of styles of music such as pop, rock, jazz and blues in preparation for live performances at major venues throughout the City.

The Take Note youth band was recently recognized by the National Recreation and Park Association in 2013 for innovative programming.

Bring or mail entries to the Parks and Recreation Cultural Programs Section, Attention: TAKE NOTE, Ron Darner Parks and Recreation Headquarters, 5800 Old Highway 90 W., San Antonio, Texas 78227. Hours for dropping off an entry are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call 207-3132.

Scholarship Winner Andres Ovalle:
A Take Note success story!

Andres OvalleSt. Mary’s University drum set music major Andres Ovalle, 18, started playing drums his freshman year in high school. He began taking lessons in the Parks and Recreation Department music program six months later. After a year of lessons, he tried out for the department’s youth music ensemble and won a spot as the group’s drummer. He spent the next three years honing his craft as a drummer and musician.

"After joining Take Note, all I could think about was what was needed to be practiced, what songs needed work, and anything I could do to help myself improve," he recalls. "I was lucky enough to play with and learn from musicians such as Henry Brun and the Army Band."

His experience with Take Note made him realize he wanted to pursue music as an occupation. His experience and years of dedicated play with Take Note resulted in the Chaminade Grant and a music scholarship at St. Mary’s University. He is the only drum set music major at the university.

"It wouldn’t have been possible to get here without the experience of Take Note," he says. "The program helped me not only as a musician, but as a person as well. I believe it was probably the best thing that’s ever happened to me."

Music Classes

music studentsCalling all music lovers, young and old. If you’ve always wanted to learn to play the drums or the guitar, or maybe your dream was the keyboard, now is your opportunity to sign up for classes in drums, bass, guitar, keyboard and sax. Summer Session 5 runs July 28 through Sept. 20. To find out about space or availability before registering or for more information, call 210-207-3132 for more information.

Music Schedule July 28 through Sept. 20, 2014