On July 31, from 5-7, Carrizozo Music in the Parks presents a free concert in it's Sunday evening summer series. The New Mexico Sax Quartet performs the cool sounds of swing, jazz and classical in a mix of music that appeals to everyone.
NMSQ formed while the four friends were members of the 44th army reserve band, New Mexico National Guard in Albuquerque. The quartet includes Jim Mack, jr., Julianne Hall, Joseph Gonzales and Tony Lopez.
James W. Mack, jr. is currenty the Excutive Director of the Flickinger Center for the Performing Arts in Alamogordo. While in the 44th army band, he was the Training NCOIC/Woodwind Group Leader. SSG Julianne M. Hall is active part time in the 44th Army Band and now hails from Alamogordo where she is Staff Accountant at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center. SFC Joseph A. Gonzales works fulltime for Southwest Airlines while still playing in the 44th Army Band-NM National Guard and SGT Tony Lopez is retired from the National Guard and is working with thr El Paso Schools music programs
Each Music in the Parks concert is matched with a local non-profit that sells food to benefit a special project. New Horizon Development Center plans to grill hot dogs and have chips and cold drinks for the July 31 concert to enable the residents to participate in Special Olympics.
Music in the Parks is committed to offering a series of free community concerts of a variety of genres including classical, jazz, pop, bluegrass, brass and folk. Music in the Parks has evolved into a year round series that includes concerts for the Carrizozo School Systems by international known classical muscians, the series of summer evening concerts in the park and occassional holiday events. Funded entirely by donations and grants and run by volunteers, Music in the Parks endeavers to bring quality programs to Carrizozo and the surrounding communities.
All summer concerts take place from 5-7 PM at McDonald Park on Rt. 54 in Carrizozo. Pack a picnic or help a local non-profit by buying dinner and a soda at the park. Bring a lawn chair and join us for a delightful evening!
In case of inclement weather, summer concerts will be moved to the Woman's Club on 11th at D Ave. For more information and updates, check the website at www.carrizozomusic.org or call Elaine Brannen at 575-648-2757.