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ago and far away the musical career of Glendal
Laminack had its humble beginning in the small
Texas town of Wink.
It was at the
beginning of his fourth-grade year that
Professor Dickinson discovered his musical
aptitude when the young Glendal could
distinguish a cornet from a clarinet.
That same year he
took his place in the cornet section of Prof’s
high school band.
However, he was so
small that people wondered why there was an
extra chair in the cornet section.
When he marched with
the band he had to take 12 steps to every five
yards instead of the customary 6.
From there he relocated to
Midland, Texas, where he became a charter member
of the first great band of the legendary Buddy
Postlethwaite (later of UT Arlington fame).
However, people still wondered why there was an
extra chair in the cornet section.
finished his public education at Brazosport High
It was here that
people, for the first time, ceased to wonder
about extra chairs.
After high school, Glendal
attended the University of Texas at Austin,
where he studied trumpet with the late J. Frank
Elsass and accidentally obtained a Bachelor of
first teaching position was in the Lower Rio
At his first concert
contest he impressed the judges and his fellow
directors alike by leaving all of the band’s
music at home.
years later he returned to the states and taught
band in various small Texas towns.
He also earned a
Master of Music degree from the University of
North Texas where he studied with the master
trumpet teacher, John Haynie, and also colluded
with him on his research of the epiglottis’s
(look it up) function in trumpet playing.
twenty years of teaching band, Glendal worked
eleven years for the Education Service Center,
Region 11, in Fort Worth.
During this time he
helped train school administrators and teachers
in various roles.
He now lives on a farm in
Poolville, Texas, that, because it has no grass,
has no livestock except for 2 cats and 5,324
honey bees (at last count).
He and his wife Carol have two
grown children and two young grandsons.
Although some consider Glendal to be the
pre-eminent conductor in the Poolville area (it
is not easy to tune a cat), he considers his
crowning achievement as being selected Director
of the Fort Worth Symphonic Band.
To quote him,
“Rarely does one see such dedication and musical
ability in such a diverse group of amateur
The 50 year history
of this band attests to its great strength as a
Kenneth Javier Iyescas
2009 - 2011
Iyescas served as the Music Director and Conductor of the Fort Worth
Symphonic Band (formerly Fort Worth City Band) as well as an Assistant Director for the Crowley High School
Mighty Eagle Band in the Crowley Independent School District. Born in
Managua, Nicaragua, Mr. Iyescas immigrated to the United States at the
age of two years old to Jersey City, New Jersey, where he lived until
his early teens.
He began his musical
studies at the age of nine playing the trumpet following in his father’s
footsteps, who was an accomplished trumpeter in their native country.
Music was always present in the home, be it in the form of Spanish dance
music or native folk songs sung and accompanied by his father’s guitar,
which was an enormous influence.
Shortly after moving
to Red Oak, Texas, Mr. Iyescas began playing the French horn which
turned out to be his major instrument. After graduating from Red Oak
High School, he was accepted to Howard Payne Universtiy in Brownwood,
Texas. While at Howard Payne University, Mr. Iyescas received many
awards for his French Horn playing and, additionally, was the Student
Conductor for the Symphonic Band and studied conducting and French Horn
with Dr. Robert Tucker. He also was a member of the National Wind
Symphony that performed in Carnegie Hall under the direction of Maestro
H. Robert Reynolds.
Upon completion of
his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Howard Payne University,
Mr. Iyescas was accepted into the Master’s degree program at Texas Tech
University, where he graduated with a Master’s of Music degree in Horn
Performance studying with Anthony Brittin. While at Texas Tech
University, he performed with all of the top ensembles, including the
Texas Tech Wind Ensemble and the Texas Tech Symphony Orchestra. Also,
Mr. Iyescas performed with many of the professional orchestras in the
area, including New Mexico.
In 2001, Mr. Iyescas
moved back to the DFW area when he was hired by Crowley ISD, where he
assists with the high school bands and was the Head Director at H.F.
Stevens Middle School. In Fort Worth, Mr. Iyescas was fortunate to
conduct the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in a Conducting Symposium,
under the supervision of Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Music Director of the FWSO,
and Dr. German Guitierrez, Director of Orchestras TCU. Former
conducting teachers also include Eduardo Browne, former Resident
Conductor of the FWSO.
In his first year at Crowley ISD, he met a
beautiful young lady named Maria Angelica Araiza and were married in
2003. They now reside in Crowley with their lovely daughter Alexandria
Grace, who was born in 2006.
Kenneth moved on to the
University of Kentucky, in Lexington, in
the Fall of 2011 to pursue and continue his
studies in conducting.
Delmar H. Dolbier
1999 - 2009
Replacing Charles Hoffman as music
director in 1999 was Delmar H. Dolbier.
Del was born after the Civil War and
before WWII in Oakland, California. In 1946 he and his family moved to
Reno, Nevada where he started playing the trumpet at the age of 12, and
went on to graduate from the University of Nevada with majors in music,
speech and drama.
He entered the federal service in 1966 at
the Sacramento Army Depot and later moved to a similar position with the General
Services Administration (GSA) in 1970. It is with the GSA that Del found
both he and
his family in Fort Worth, Texas. After 33 years of service he retired
federal service in 2000.
Spending four years with the Reno
Municipal Band as a professional player (trumpet and horn), Del
went on to teach music in the public schools in Haines, Alaska.
With a lifelong interest in theatre, Del
has participated in over 75 productions as an actor, director, and
theatre technician. He has written several plays, three of which were
produced. Del has also appeared on TV in the Route 66 series. An avid fan of history, he has written and
sold several articles of Civil War history. It is with this experience
that Del excelled at being a "showman extraordinaire" by bringing his
showmanship to the Fort Worth City Band.
On June 1, 1963, he married Sarah
Pedersen -- the World's Greatest Band Librarian -- and went on to have a boy and two girls. Continuing
in his music career, Del played horn in the Salem Symphony and Marion County
Citizens' Band in Oregon. He continued to teach at the high school
level for one more year in Oregon before deciding to change careers.
During his musical life, he conducted the
Martinez, California Community Band and served as assistant conductor
for the Richmond Symphonic and Concord Concert bands in California.
Being multi-talented on several
instruments, Del joined the cornet section of the Fort
Worth City Band in 1995 and then was selected in 1999 to be the group's
During his tenure, Del held to the strongest
traditions of a true community band. His last performance was held on July 27, 2009 at
Lakewood Village, Fort Worth, Texas. In the tradition of both a musician
and a showman, he conducted the performance that evening
Always Leave Them Laughing
I Want to Hear a Yankee Doodle Tune
The Way You Look Tonight
I Can't Get Started
Peaches and Cream
People Who Live in Glass Houses
Young at Heart
The U.S. Field Artillery
The Stars and Stripes Forever
Charles R. Hoffman
Charles Hoffman and "Prof" Jacobsen both
conducted the City Band when this group initially started. When "Prof"
Jacobsen left because of his commitments to TCU, it was a natural
transition for Charlie to take over as bandmaster and
director of the Lion's Club Band for the next 37 years.
During his reign, the name of the band changed from the Lion's
Club Band to the Lion's Band, the Metro Area Band
Fort Worth City Band upon a declaration by the Fort Worth City
Council. For many years the FWCB rehearsed at the Seminary before moving
to its current location at Riverside Recreational Center.
Charlie obtained his bachelor's and
graduate degrees from Texas Christian University by 1948. After teaching
for nine years in Mason, Childress, and Lamesa school districts, he
returned to Fort Worth to serve as band director
(Carter-Riverside High School) for 30 years in the Fort Worth Independent School
District. During this time he introduced the teaching of the "dance" or
"stage" band style to the music program of the FWISD.
His musical skills were used in the
community with several organizations including the directing of the Fort Worth Moslah Shrine band
Charlie Hoffman has an endowment
scholarship in his name for jazz studies at Texas Christian University.
James "Prof" Jacobsen
(b.1920 - d.2006)
Although serving only a short period of
time, James Jacobsen started the Fort Worth City Band in
1960, when it was known as the Lion's Club Band.
Both Jacobsen and Hoffman would alternate directing the band when the
football season would take up too much of Jacobsen's time in the fall.
James Alva Jacobsen was born May 8, 1920, in
Montrose, Colo., to Arthur Chris Jacobsen and Kathryn Georgia Zunich. Jim
graduated study at Vandercook College of Music
in Chicago and, in 1955, received an honorary doctor of music from
Southern College of Fine Arts in Houston.
Jim was a World War II veteran, having served in the
Army Air Corps. He was
stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, when
he was discharged in 1945. Jim
became director of bands at Midwestern University,
where he met his wife,
Wyneth Berry (d.1999). They were married Dec. 15, 1946, at
First Christian Church in Wichita Falls, and
celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Dec. 15, 1996.
Jim was director of bands at
Midwestern University in Wichita Falls from 1945-1955.
He inaugurated both the band and choir programs at this
institution. He also introduced the "8 to 5" system
In 1955, he
became director of bands and professor of music at
Texas Christian University for the next 27 years. "Prof" Jacobsen
is known as the creator of the "Moving Diamond" precision marching band
drill technique. The TCU Marching Band performed the first of these
drills on national television Jan. 1, 1959, at the 23rd Annual Cotton
Bowl (Air Force 0, TCU 0), receiving national recognition for this
innovative drill technique. For years after his
retirement in 1982, he was in popular demand as
a clinician, consultant, guest conductor and judge for band events
across the country and in Europe.
In 1975, Jim was elected to membership in the
American Bandmasters Association.
He was a past national president of Kappa Kappa
Psi, national honorary band fraternity, past southwest district
president of the College Band Directors National
Association and past president and organizer of the
Southwest Conference Band Directors Association.
He was a member since 1946 of the Texas
Bandmasters Association, member of the Texas
Music Educators Association, member of Phi Beta Mu national
honorary band directors' fraternity, charter member of the
National Band Association and member of Phi Mu
Alpha Sinfonia national honorary music fraternity.
Jim was listed in Who's Who in the
South and Southwest, Who's Who in Music, Who's
Who in Education and the International Who's Who in Music.
He was named one of the 10 most outstanding educational music
directors in the United States in 1972 by the "School Musician"
magazine. He was named Texas Bandmaster of the
Year 1988 by the Texas Bandmasters Association; named to the
Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 1991 by the
Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu; and named to the Texas
Music Educators Association Region 5 Bandmasters Hall of Fame as
a charter member in 1993.
At the time of his death (2006),
he was executive secretary of the
University Interscholastic League Region 5 and
Area B. He was responsible for the supervision
and management of all public school band, orchestra and choir contests
held in Region 5, which is composed of more than 350 competing units.
"Prof" loved his work, his
students and his family. He was an icon for the
marching band profession and left a legacy of performing, teaching and
mentoring throughout his life.