Donna was born June 28, 1941, and was a lifelong resident of
San Angelo, where she was actively involved in the
community. She was a realtor with Coldwell Banker and a
member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Donna had a lifelong
passion for music and she played trumpet in the San Angelo
Community Band, the Ice House Brass and the ASU Wind
Donna graduated from Lake View High School prior to
attending San Angelo College and then the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated with
a music degree. Upon graduating from college she spent time
in an all-girl brass band and made an appearance on the
Johnny Carson show on Johnny's birthday in 1963.
She was a generous, loving, kind-hearted wife, mother,
grandmother and friend. Though she will be missed, we
celebrate her life, and dedicate our 2016 Concert Season to her memory.
"Music reveals the essence of life. Through music we
experience God's love, His creation, and how to treat each
other." - Donna Fowler
Bill D. Kershner was born Dec. 15, 1936 in San Angelo, Texas.
He attended Lake View High School, graduating in 1955. He began his music career playing Trumpet in the Lake View band,
beginning in the fifth grade and continued playing for the rest of his life. Attending Sul Ross University in Alpine,
Texas on a music scholarship, he honed his music skills playing in the Sul Ross band, earning a B.A. in music in 1958.
He began teaching as a band director with Imperial Independent School System in Imperial, Texas, and after one year of teaching,
Bill was drafted into the U.S. Army. Basic training and advanced music school was spent at Fort Ord, California. After completion
at Fort Ord, Bill was stationed in Brooklyn, New York at the Brooklyn Army Terminal where he spent his remaining service time with
the Army band playing for the arriving and departing troop ships and various parades. Bill also had the opportunity to play with both
the Brooklyn Symphony and the Long Island Symphony.
Upon discharge from the Army, Bill returned to teaching public school band in Hallettsville, Texas. While in Hallettsville, Bill was
drawn to special service and completed a Master's Degree in clinical social work, and eventually moved back to San Angelo and opened
a private practice for counseling and continued until December 2000.
After retirement music became a larger part of his life. Bill played with First Baptist Ensemble Community Band, Ice House Brass,
and Armadillo Republic Jazz Band.
John, or Jack as called by some, grew up as a member of an
Air Force family and lived in a variety of places including
Germany and the island of Crete before his father retired in
San Angelo. He attended Edison Junior High and Central High
School, graduating in the class of 1977. He attended Angelo
State University where he received his Bachelor of Arts
degree in Journalism.
For the past 17 years, John worked for Howard College, most
recently as the District Chief Facilities Operations Officer
for Howard College. He served his country for a number of
years in the United States Naval Reserve. He loved being
involved with the community and served on a number of civic
committees including the San Angelo Symphony Board of
Directors. John loved music and rekindled his love for
playing the trumpet a few years ago. He was a member of the
San Angelo Community Band and the Ice House Brass.
John was greatly loved by all who knew him because of his
quick wit, sharp mind, and never failing charm and friendly
disposition. He loved teasing with people and was well known
for his practical and corny jokes. Feeling so naturally at
ease with people, John never met a stranger and will be
greatly missed by so many.
Eddie Wayne Pace was born on May 26,
1935, and died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, from brain
cancer. Ed was band director at Angelo State
University. He established the Epsilon Kappa Chapter
of Kappa Kappa Psi. He was a founding member of the
Dixie Cats Jazz Band, member of the San Angelo
Community Band, San Angelo Symphony and Bill Aylor
Band. He started the San Angelo Armadillo Republic
Jazz Band and was a member of the Ice House Brass.