Free Community Big Band Spring Concert Series Rocks Lufkin, Texas
Back in 2000 there must have been a shortage of bass players in the world because I got the chance to play with Dixon Shanks and his band at Club Millennium. I was DJing there and I guess they just really needed someone.
I can only imagine they regretted it because I didn't last long. They were consummate, well-rounded professionals and I was only good at one type of music - heavy metal.
I remember trying to learn a ton of songs in my garage in just a few days. I tried to keep up, while being amazed by Dixon's talent. He was the lead singer, played the sax, and killed it at both. When I heard he was working with a community big band I knew it was something special.
The Riff Runners At Angelina College In Lufkin, Texas
Dixon's vision was to promote Angelina College (AC) with a new big band. Playing a variety of music with all of the finest musicians from Angelina and the surrounding counties.
He has brought fresh new energy to the program. His wife Debi Shanks is also lending her talent to the band on backup vocals.
This is your community band and performs as a free community service to all of East Texas. They are also putting together high school jazz band contests among other events to encourage local band students to participate in the program at AC.
All of this goes on at the new and improved Hudgins Hall at Angelina College. Their next show at AC is scheduled for March 3rd, 2022. It's going to be rockin', swingin', groovy, and smooth.
Meet The Riff Runners Community Band Members
Band Leader: Dixon Shanks
Saxophone: Jimmy Simmons (Lead Alto), Michael Parrish (2nd Alto), Scott Floyd (1st Tenor), John Cavanaugh (Tenor), Beth Girardi (Baritone)
Trombones: Steve Cox (Lead), Ken Barnes (2nd), Robert Shanks (3rd), Jimmy Battle (4th)
Trumpets: Chris Cemak (Lead), Steven Brown (2nd), Ricky Gay (3rd), Dwayne Forsythe (4th)
Rhythm Section: Eric Chinn (Keys), Gino Morgan (Bass), Marshall Hance (Guitar), Mark Saldana (Drums)
Guest Pianist: Becky Compton
Guest Guitarist: Sidney Shanks
Backup Vocals: Debi Shanks, Brian Compton, Anya Lundberg
Sound/Lights: Sid Shanks
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