Ken Peach takes baton for Crossroads Community Band
Jan. 16, 2014 at 7:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 16, 2014 at 7:17 p.m.
Ken Peach is bringing more of his musical background to the stage.
As the new Crossroads Community Band director, the longtime trumpet player and avid music fan said he plans to build on the foundation started by the former directors Jay Lester and Donnie Todd.
"We have lots of talent here in Victoria," Peach, 48, said.
When news spread that Todd had accepted a job in Florida in January, the fine arts director of the Victoria school district said he was happy to move into the position.
Peach's background includes working with community bands in Arlington and working with a traveling group, Voyager International, which takes students to Europe and Asia to perform.
Such experience will come into play as he begins working with the band's 65 musicians, who range from retired members of the community to educators to high school students.
He directed his first rehearsal Tuesday.
"It was fun," Peach said. "It feels like such a natural fit."
He said he plans to bring a teaching element to the position. There are 13 students receiving credit from Victoria College, and under Peach's guidance, they'll have a chance to conduct and write music for the band to play.
"I'm getting the kids a lot more involved," he said. "They're a good group of kids."
And with a few guest conductors scheduled during the year, Peach will still have a chance to play his trumpet along with the other musicians, including tubist and Crossroads Community Band president Joe Dalhstrom.
"He (Peach) was quite comfortable in stepping into this role for us," he said. "We're proud to give him the opportunity."
Dalhstrom, 70, said Peach joined the group in the fall and has had a chance to play in a few different performances already.
"I think he'll do a great job for us," he said.