Personal Music History
I played drums from the 6th grade through high school. When I joined New Horizons in August
2006, I hadn't beat a drum in 55 years.
New Horizons Band
I really enjoy our band because of all the
friendly, dedicated people and being able to create quality music under direction of a
very able conductor.
Vernon was born on July 20, 1933 in Joice, IA, the son of Herman and Edith Bang. Vernon
graduated from Joice High School in 1951. He served our country in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955.
He married Ardis Holstad on June 6, 1954 in Lake Mills, IA. They were married 63 years and
were blessed with their daughter Rhonda, son Jason and three grandsons.
After his discharge from the Army, he went to college from 1956-58. He
worked for Collins Radio, Cedar Rapids, IA as a project engineer for six
years. He worked as a design engineer for P.R. Malloy, Indianapolis, IN for
six years. Next employer was Regency Electronics as a marketing rep for six
years. He worked for Revere Corporation as a sales rep. He was transferred to
Richardson, TX in 1979 to open an office.
After retirement, he worked part-time for Ace Hardware, which he enjoyed as
he liked to spend time in hardware stores. Vernon always liked taking things
apart to see if he could get them to work better. He also liked playing bass
drum with the Dallas New Horizons Band. He retired from the band March 3,
2017. Vernon served on various boards at St. Paul Lutheran and Lord of Life
Lutheran as well as singing in the choir.
He is survived by his wife Ardis, son Jason (Allison) of Frisco, TX, and their
children Brendan, Gavin and Logan, brother Norman (Melda) Bang of Owatana, MN,
sister-in-law Ardis Bang of Albert Lee, MN, Gwen (Lee) Brown of Belvidere, IL,
Barbara Holstad of Lake Mills, IA,
Lill Holstad of Union City, TN, brother-in-law Harold Holstad of Albert Lee,
MN, Eldran (Janell) Holstad of Spencer, IA, Richard Holstad of Lake Mills,
IA, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents,
sister Alice, Brother Harlan, daughter Rhonda, sister-in-law Jeannie Holstad,
brother-in-law Marlin Holstad and Shirley Holstad.