Meet a Roadrunner: John Zarco is on mission to attract more students to music

John Zarco

John Zarco

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(Jan. 8, 2014) -- Meet John Zarco. He joined UTSA in the fall as the associate director of bands in the Department of Music and is helping spur the growth of the music program and with the Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band.

Currently, Zarco conducts the UTSA Symphonic Band and Chamber Winds. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting, wind literature and music education.

Zarco received a doctorate of music arts in conducting from the University of Minnesota and his bachelor's and master's degrees in music from California State University, Sacramento.

Zarco joined UTSA after serving as director of bands at Millersville University in Pennsylvania and as a music teacher at Saratoga High School in California. He led a program of more than 200 students that performed in marching band, symphonic band, jazz and percussion ensembles.

With one semester completed, Zarco now hopes to recruit more students to participate in UTSA's ensembles. Woodwind, brass and percussion auditions for placement into concert bands and orchestra will be Sunday, Jan. 12.

"Our music ensembles are open to all majors including non-music majors," said Zarco. "A lot of UTSA students think that band, choir and orchestra are only for music majors, but that is not the case. We have ensembles that are open to all majors. Some ensembles do require an audition, but they are still open to everyone."

UTSA students interested in joining a concert band can email john.zarco@utsa.edu. Interested choir students can email Gary Mabry; for orchestra, email Eugene Dowdy.

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