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John Zarco

January 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.

Our music ensembles are open to all majors, including non-music majors.

– John Zarco

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 Cal State 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 Calif. Zarco led a program of more than 200 students that performed in marching band, symphonic band, jazz and percussion ensembles.

With one semester completed, Zarco is now hoping to recruit more students to participate in UTSA's ensembles. Woodwind, brass, and percussion auditions for placement into concert bands and orchestra will be held on 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 at gary.mabry@utsa.edu. For orchestra send email to, Eugene Dowdy at eugene.dowdy@utsa.edu.

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