CTAC Live: Dancin’ to the Texas Gypsies sound

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Mar 7, 2013 - 9:00:16 AM

The Texas GypsiesFor their next presentation in this season’s CTAC Live series, the Chisholm Trail Arts Council will be taking the music out of the theater and into the ballroom when they bring the Texas Gypsies to the Simmons Center on Friday, March 15.
The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Simmons Center ballroom and is possible, in part, through a grant from the Mid-America Arts Alliance.
The Texas Gypsies are an award-winning band with a unique and eclectic retro style and sound all their own. Their repertoire ranges from Western swing and blues to rockabilly and classic rock.
Patrons who attend this performance might want to wear their dancing shoes, or if they prefer, they can take a seat and listen to the band swing the night away.
Tickets are regularly-priced at $20 for adults and $10 for students, with group rates available at $15 each for parties of 20 or more.
Through March 15, CTAC is offering tickets at the price of two for $30; this includes one ticket for admission to the Texas Gypsies event, and the second for admission to CTAC’s upcoming concert featuring the band Home Free. This discount applies to adult admission only, and the discount is not available online.
To order tickets, or to secure further information, please call (580) 252-4160 or visit director@chisholmtrailarts.com. Admission may also be purchased at the Simmons Center’s convention center office; at the CTAC office at 717 West Willow, Suite 6; or at the door.
Band members
Steve Curry, who plays guitar and helps with vocals, studied various guitar styles at the Musicians Institute in LA and toured or recorded with such diverse artists as The Jacksons, Boney James and Jeff Buckley. He has also served as a session guitarist on numerous TV and film tracks for Disney, the Cartoon Network, Fox and more.
He has also helped record and produce more than 50 CDs for local and national artists, and he teaches privately and lectures at music workshops/camps and schools. Steve writes the original music for the Texas Gypsies.
Mike Sizer plays sax and clarinet for the band. He won the Outstanding Composition Award at NAJE in Chicago and has played with many of the greats, including Bob Hope, Ella Fitzgerald and the Dukes. On a more classical note, he has also performed with the Texas Wind Symphony and the Austin Symphonic Band.
•    Drummer Andrew Griffith is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a degree in music and has performed with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Steve Allen and the Ink Spots.
Bassist John Hewitt also does vocals for the Texas Gypsies. A graduate of the Arts Magnet High School in Dallas and East Texas State University, he has traveled with Tina Mandrell, Clint Strong and Maurice Anderson. John has also performed with many local bands based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Trumpet player Steve Howard attended Henderson State University and later, the jazz program at North Texas State University. Steve can be heard on such hit recordings as Patti LaBelle’s Lady Marmalade and Paul McCartney’s Silly Love Songs.
Steve continued to tour and record with Wings from 1975 to 1980, and he has also performed with Ray Charles, Dr. John and the Blues Brothers.
Brook Wallace plays violin and performs vocals for the band. She started fiddle lessons at age 5; and by age 9, she held junior division titles for Texas state, national and world competitions. Her other achievements include Kansas state champion and the Rising Star of Texas Award.
Trombone player Chris Seiter is a UNT graduate. He has played in the One O’Clock Lab Band, and he received the Frank Rosolino Memorial Jazz Award recognizing him as the outstanding collegiate jazz trombonist. He has performed with Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles and many others.