Bands crank out the tunes at SFA Concert in the Park

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Stephen F. Austin State University was abuzz Sunday afternoon with their annual Concert in the Park.

Four SFA bands: The University Band, The Symphonic Band, The Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble Bands all performed a free concert for on-lookers and music lovers.

The highlight of the event was the induction of SFA alumnus Jim Jones into the SFA band directors hall of fame.

Read more about Jim Jones in this excerpt from the Concert in the Park press release:

The 2013 inductee into the SFASU Band Directors' Hall of Fame, Jones will conduct the Wind Ensemble in "Melody Shop March."

Originally from Gilmer and currently residing in Carthage, Jones taught at Center, Pittsburg, Cleveland and Carthage ISDs before retiring in 2009, having received 27 UIL Sweepstakes awards during his 36-year career. His bands have received numerous first-division ratings and Outstanding in Class awards at the National Association of Military Bands' state contest. Jones was a recipient the Demirus UIL award and selected to Outstanding Young Men of America. His bands have performed at Disneyland, Disney World, the nation's Capitol, Lincoln Memorial and the White House.

Jones attended Gilmer High School and Kilgore Junior College before earning bachelor's and master's degrees from SFA. While at SFA, he received the Outstanding Bandsman Award and was president of Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity. Jones was AAA state representative, president of the All Texas Small School Band Association, Texas Music Educators Association Region 10 band chairman, the Region 21 representative for the Music Advisory Committee and past chairman of the Southeast Texas Honor Band. He is a member of the UIL State Music Advisory Committee and current executive secretary and a past president of the National Association of Military Marching Bands. He is also president of the SFA Lumberjack Band Alumni.

Jones travels the state as a UIL adjudicator and honor band clinician. He has been associated with SFA in the evaluation of student teachers and currently works for Tatum Music Company.

Jones is the husband of Deanna Jones, father of Misty Hall and Jessica Anton, and stepfather to Cameron and Spence Burkert.

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