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Frank Bray
Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Dallas, Texas










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Personal Music History
In Lubbock, TX., I played cornet 3 years in J.T. Hutchinson Jr. High and 3 years in Monterey Sr. High. I played trumpet one year in high school orchestra as well, and played in the Texas All-State Orchestra in 1957 and the Texas All-State Band in 1958. I played 4 years at Texas Tech University in the "Goin' Band from Raiderland". I put my horns away after graduation in 1962, until I joined New Horizons in February 2005.

Statement About New Horizons Band
Why I joined New Horizons Band? When I retired, one of my goals was to play trumpet again.  I sounded so bad when I tried to play, I felt it was useless. Besides, I did not have a group to look forward to playing with.

A good friend told me about the band, and I decided to give it a try. The New Horizons Band gave me the opportunity to play music with a group of my peers that didn't seem to mind the squeaks and missed notes as I was trying to get the ol' lip back in shape and the fingers limbered up. This was the incentive to get me to practice again.

Other Personal Information
NAMES AND LOCATIONS OF BANDS OR ORCHESTRAS THAT I'VE PLAYED IN:
J.T. Hutchinson Jr. High Band, Lubbock, TX 1952-1955
Monterey Sr. High Band, Lubbock, TX 1955-1958
Monterey Sr. High Orchestra, Lubbock, TX 1957-1958
Texas Tech Concert and Marching Bands, Lubbock, TX 1958-1962
Texas Tech Army ROTC Band, Lubbock, TX 1958-1962
New Horizons Band Dallas 2005-present
UpSwing Jazz Band 2005-present
Town North Concert Band 2007-present
Arapaho UMC Orchestra 2007-present
Richardson Community Band 2008-present
Lovers Lane UMC Jazz Band 2008-2015
DixieSwing Dixieland Band 2011-present


MOST INTERESTING GIG I'VE PLAYED IN:
Football game halftime show at Texas Tech in 1960 during freezing rain. When I marched off the field, I had a 4 inch icicle hanging from the bell of my horn.

THE DAY JOBS I HAD THAT SUPPORTED MY MUSIC HABIT:
Computer Programmer, Texas Instruments, 1963-1970
President, Graphic Arts Labs, Inc. 1970-1972
Account manager and VP, Distributor Sales, Recognition Equipment, Inc. 1972-1990
VP, Sales & Marketing at Optowand, Inc. 1992-1994
VP, Sales & Marketing at Habitech, Inc. 1994-2004


WHERE I'VE LIVED MOST OF MY LIFE:
Weleetka, Oklahoma 1940-1952
Lubbock, TX 1952-1962
Dallas, TX 1962-present
Okinawa - U.S. Army - 1964-1966
Brussels, Belgium 1977
Paris, France 1977-1978


WHAT I LIKE TO DO WHEN I'M NOT MAKING MUSIC:
Travel, Visit children and grandkids, golf

OTHER:
Playing my trumpet again is probably one of the smartest things I have ever done. I think I would have been very bored in retirement if I had not started playing in multiple bands. Besides the music, the people are great and I cherish the new friends I have made.