Studied through private lessons for 10 years during public school age. Stopped
playing for 47 years. Began playing again in 2001 with New Horizons Bands in Dallas and
Statement about New Horizons
New Horizons Bands are a wonderful opportunity for "over 50" people who
are at any talent level. These bands have wonderful/fun players, great leaders, and a
fabulous variety of music! I never leave a practice or a concert without feeling a huge
lift upward, no matter how I felt going in. In summary, this ongoing experience is great
for the soul, to develop new friends, and have lots of fun. Music is the universal
Tribute to Wes
Wes Wilson was one of the cornerstones of the New Horizons Band-Dallas, being one of the
original six charter members of the band. Wes served as band president in the early 2000s, was
responsible to see that every member, old and new, had a band shirt of the proper size, and was always there
to lend a hand where it was needed. The band has not known a kinder and more gentle man than Wes.
He will be ever so missed by one and all in the band. Here is Wes as we will always remember him.
Wes D. Wilson, age 78, a resident of Irving since 1957, died Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Baylor
University Medical Center in Dallas. Born March 3, 1933 in Richmond, Indiana, he was the son of
Elden H. and Gwendolyn Spitler Wilson. A U S Navy veteran during the Korean conflict, he later
graduated from Tri-State College (now University) in Angola, Indiana. He was a civil engineer.
Married to Ione Thomas June 7, 1953 in Richmond Indiana, they moved to Irving in 1957. He was a
member of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Dallas and the New Horizonís Band. Survivors include
his wife Ione; daughter Vickie Horn of Grapevine and son Ralph Wilson and his wife Beth of Dallas;
former son-in-law, Tye Horn; and grandchildren Andrew Horn and wife Jeanette, Travis Horn and wife
Emily, Natalie Horn and Sophia Wilson. Wes' burial will in the Earlham Cemetery in Richmond, Indiana.
Memorials may be made to The New Horizons Band.