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Gene Verinder
French Horn
Plano, Texas










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PERSONAL MUSIC HISTORY

Began piano lessons with my mother at 5 and continued class lessons through the 6th grade.
Played baritone in 7th grade.
Got to 8th grade Junior High and was 5th out of 5 in the section.
Was told by Russell Williams, US Army Retired band director, to try French Horn and fell in love with it.
In the 9th grade part of best in city brass quintet in solo and ensemble contest Dallas and was taped for performance on KERA.
In high school, played 4th horn in quartet that got best in city solo and ensemble contest.
Took lessons from Alfred Resch, retired horn professor at SMU, for 2 years.
Stopped playing horn in 1969, got married, started family and career.
In 1985, had the old horn repaired and joined Town North Concert Band where both my parents played Dad on bass clarinet and Mom on bass drum.
Played 4th Horn for Mesquite Symphony, 1996-97.
Later, bought a Tenor Horn and joined my mon and dad playing in a German band out of Dallas.
Toured Austria and Germany with that band in 2000.
Joined a historical reenactment band as 1st Eb Alto horn in 1998(?)-current to play at Civil War Reenactments. Have done reenactments from 1840-1945 periods.
Joined NHBD in 2017(?) after invitation from Jeannine Caldwell, first chair flute/piccolo in Town North.

BANDS/GROUPS I HAVE PLAYED OR AM PLAYING IN

*New Horizons Band Dallas
*Town North Concert Band
*Heritage Brass Band
*Frohsinn Kapelle (formerly sponsored by the Sons of Hermann German Association)
Hella Shrine Band
Mesquite Symphony

CAREER/RETIREMENT HIGHLIGHTS

Graduated Hillcrest High School, 1967.
Attended SMU 1967-68, North Texas State, 1968-1970.
Married Vicki, 1969.
Worked at Oilwell Supply, 7-11, Lone Star Gas in Data Processing Department on loading dock, later as computer operator and meter read clerk, later computer programmer.
Returned to night school at El Centro and spent the next 11 years in night school, graduating from UTD, 1985 (BS Mathematics, Computer Science).
Computer programmer at Dallas County Community College District, 1976.
Computer auditor for Enserch Corporation (parent company for Lone Star Gas), Database Administrator for subsidiary company, Enserch Exploration.
Database Administrator for Dresser Industries, later bought by Alliance Data Systems, later bought by Fujitsu of America.
Retired in 2010.
Webmaster and database administrator for church 2012 to current.

FAMILY

Wife: Vicki
Mother: Jeannine Verinder, Plano
Son: Dylan, Chapel Hill, NC, and wife, Julie, and 2 grandsons, Zion and Ezekiel.
Son: Daniel, Boston, MA, and granddaughter, Ella.

INTERESTS/HOBBIES

Music, computers, golf (no longer play but love the sport).

OTHER

Boy Scouts: Eagle Scout w/1 palm, Order of the Arrow (Brotherhood), Senior Patrol Leader mother was Den Mother and father was Scout Master.
Mother was 1st chair cello in All-City Orchestra, Dallas, 1946.
Professional disc golfer in much earlier years.