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Crossroads Community Band has new director

By Victoria Advocate
Oct. 11, 2012 at 5:11 a.m.

Donnie Todd is the newly named music director of the Crossroads Community Band.

Donnie Todd, a musician, conductor and former music educator, was recently named the new music director of the Crossroads Community Band, a local concert band made up of amateur musicians who enjoy playing and performing.

"After performing with Crossroads Community Band since its beginning, it is such an honor to now lead this talented group of musicians," said Todd, who is the manager of Collins Music Center.

Todd replaced Jay Lester, former director of fine arts for the Victoria school district, who served as the band's music director and helped start the group in 2009. Lester accepted a job as the fine arts and University Interscholastic League academic programs director in the Abilene school district.

"Although we were sad to see Jay go, we are thrilled that Donnie accepted our request to lead the Crossroads Community Band," said Joe Dahlstrom, president of the 2012-13 Crossroads Community Band and senior director of libraries at the Victoria College/University of Houston-Victoria Library.

During his time working as a teacher, Todd was a Texas Music Educators Association All-State etude selector/Texas Bandmasters Association clinician three times and served for 10 years on the UIL State Music Advisory Committee.

He was appointed music director of Texas Governor's School in 2008 and 2009. His student ensembles received accolades for numerous UIL Sweepstakes awards and TMEA Region Honor Band in addition to being chosen "Outstanding in Class 4A" by the National Association of Military Marching Bands for five consecutive years.

Todd has performed with the Symphony of Southeast Texas in Beaumont for 25 seasons and is the leader/trombonist of the Spindletop Brass Quintet. The quintet has performed extensively in ceremonial and concert settings in Texas and Louisiana for more than 15 years. Upon invitation of the city of Merida, Mexico, the quintet completed a performance tour in 2002 to Mexico. The tour included a performance in the oldest cathedral in the new world.

Crossroads Community Band fall concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Victoria East High School auditorium and at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Victoria Fine Arts Center. All concerts are free.

Those interested in playing in the band are encouraged to come to rehearsals from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday in the Stroman Middle School band hall, 3002 E. North St. About 40 musicians play in the band and range from high school students to retirees.

For more information, go to ccbvictoria.org, facebook.com/CCB.Victoria or contact Dahlstrom at joedahl@suddenlink.net or 361-935-8844.

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