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

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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 Interested choir students can email Gary Mabry; for orchestra, email Eugene Dowdy.

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Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at the UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 15, 6 p.m.

Take Back the Night 2015

The UTSA Women’s Studies Institute invites you to Take Back the Night, an international initiative to raise awareness and empower survivors while educating allies through a march, poetry, and testimonios. This is a gender-inclusive movement to shatter the silence surrounding sexual and domestic violence.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 22, 6 p.m.

Phi Kappa Phi Last Lecture

What would Dr. John Bartkowski say if it were his last lecture? The UTSA professor of sociology will speak about “The Power of Listening” in this annual event sponsored by the UTSA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. A reception will follow.
Denman Room (UC 2.201.28), Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (ART 2.03.15-18), Main Campus

Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m.

White Bound: Nationalists, Anti-Racists and the Shared Meanings of Race

The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series continues with Dr. Matthew Hughey, a scholar of race, racism and racial inequality.
Buena Vista Building (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

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