Lorenzo Parker
UpSwing Tenor Saxophone
Conductor, NHBD Concert Band
Garland, Texas

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Personal Music History
Mr. Parker was born in Newport News, Virginia and raised in Hampton, Virginia. He graduated from Kecoughtan High School in Hampton. While attending middle school he realized he wanted to be a band teacher. Lorenzo enjoyed watching his middle school and high school director work with students and help them to reach their musical potential.

After graduation from high school he attend Chowan College, a Junior College in Murfreesboro, NC. There he majored in Music Education as a saxophone player. During that time Lorenzo met Mr. Joe Brown who inspired him to also play the flute. He graduated from Chowan College with honors, including making the president's list and being named to Who’s Who in Junior Colleges.

After his two years at Chowan Lorenzo transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. While at VCU he had several opportunities to perform with musical groups on campus and in the Richmond area. Upon graduation from VCU he began working in Virginia at several high schools.

One day while on the campus of VCU, he attended a job fair. There he met a recruiter from the Dallas ISD, who offered him a job. Lorenzo accepted and has been teaching in DISD since. His first job was band director/music teacher at Withers Elementary School in Dallas. This was a wonderful experience for Lorenzo, where he met many wonderful parents, students and co-workers. Musically his band performed many wonderful concerts.

Following Withers Elementary he became a band director for schools in the Hillcrest High School Cluster. He spent most of his time at Franklin Middle School and Hillcrest High School. While there his bands received superior and excellent ratings in competition.

Presently Lorenzo is the band director at Molina High School. He has enjoyed working with his students in both marching and concert band, achieving Superior and Excellent ratings in state and local competition.

This will be Lorenzo's last year of teaching, retiring in May. He has enjoyed it, learned from it, and will miss it. He looks forward to continue growing musically, enjoying and appreciating music.

Mr. Parker has also participated in the following musical ensembles: Dallas Czech Band (Conductor), Frohsinn Kapelle Band, North Community Band, Heritage Brass Band and Lovers Lane Jazz Band. Musical organization memberships include Dallas Music Educator Association, Texas Band Director and Texas Music Education Association.