On Sunday, August 19, from 5-7 pm, the New Mexico Sax Quartet will entertain us with their smooth summery sounds of summer at McDonald Park in Carrizozo . This FREE Carrizozo Music in the Parks concert will feature big band, jazz and popular music by this group who met as members of the 44th Army Band in Albuquerque. To complete this old timey event, New Horizon Development Center will sell cold drinks and burgers hot off the grill and as a special treat are whipping up homemade ice cream in a variety of flavors. Bring a lawn chair or kick off your shoes and dance under the shade trees!
Members of the band include Jim Mack, SFC (retired), former Training NCOIC/Woodwind Group Leader 44th Army Band - NM National Guard, and currently the Executive Director of the Flickinger Center for the Performing Arts, Joseph Gonzales, SFC (retired), staffing Liaison with Southwest Airlines and retired from the NM National Guard, Tony Lopez, SGT (retired), Music Coordinator with the El Paso Schools and SSG Julianne Hall, ADMIN NCO 44th Army Band - NM National Guard, and Financial Controller at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center. The four of them met 11 years ago when in the NM National Guard playing with the 44th Army Band. They started the quartet as a separate entity from the 44th but the NM Sax Quartet was soon included as part of the 44th Army Band performances. All but Julianne have retired from the National Guard, but they continue to practice together and perform statewide. All four have extensive musical backgrounds and played with other military and civilian bands.
New Horizon Development Center is a home for developmentally disabled adults. The residents are part of the Carrizozo community and many work in local businesses. The facility common room is in need of renovation and this fundraiser will help them buy new carpeting. The New Horizon board will be grilling up burgers and have chips, cold drinks and cookies for sale. Homemade ice cream will crown the menu.
And plan to come early and browse the shops and galleries along historic 12th Street.
McDonald Park is located right on Rte. 54 near the post office. In case of inclement weather, the concert will move to the Woman's Club building on 11th at D Ave.