Music Classes

music studentsCalling all music lovers, young and old. If you’ve always wanted to learn to play the drums or the guitar, or maybe your dream was the keyboard, now is your opportunity to sign up for classes in drums, bass, guitar, keyboard and sax. The Session runs Sept. 29 through Dec. 20. To find out about space or availability before registering or for more information, call 210-207-3132 for more information.

Music Schedule July 28 through Sept. 20, 2014

Take Note Youth Band

Take Note Band Audition PSA

The deadline for submitted audition DVDs/CDs has passed for this year. The band is open to musicians ages 13 to 18 and auditions are held each year in the fall.

TAKE NOTE Band

The Parks and Recreation Department’s Take Note band includes vocalists, keyboardists, bassists, drummers, percussionists and saxophonists.

Those chosen from a live audition to be a member of Take Note are introduced introduced to the concepts needed to perform a variety of styles of music such as pop, rock, jazz and blues in preparation for live performances at major venues throughout the City.

The Take Note youth band was recently recognized by the National Recreation and Park Association in 2013 for innovative programming.

For more information, call 207-3132.

Scholarship Winner Andres Ovalle:
A Take Note success story!

Andres OvalleSt. Mary’s University drum set music major Andres Ovalle, 18, started playing drums his freshman year in high school. He began taking lessons in the Parks and Recreation Department music program six months later. After a year of lessons, he tried out for the department’s youth music ensemble and won a spot as the group’s drummer. He spent the next three years honing his craft as a drummer and musician.

"After joining Take Note, all I could think about was what was needed to be practiced, what songs needed work, and anything I could do to help myself improve," he recalls. "I was lucky enough to play with and learn from musicians such as Henry Brun and the Army Band."

His experience with Take Note made him realize he wanted to pursue music as an occupation. His experience and years of dedicated play with Take Note resulted in the Chaminade Grant and a music scholarship at St. Mary’s University. He is the only drum set music major at the university.

"It wouldn’t have been possible to get here without the experience of Take Note," he says. "The program helped me not only as a musician, but as a person as well. I believe it was probably the best thing that’s ever happened to me."