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Vice President of Operations, Band Director, Brass Expert
Ken was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during football season. Never much of a Brett Favre fan, he moved around the midwest until settling in Texas as a Cowboy fan. Not that he had much choice in the decision. He played in the band at Christ the King, Jesuit, and UNT. He also directs a choir/band at his church in Plano. Ken never really left Music Learning from the time he was here as a student.
FULL NAME: Kenneth Paul Utz, Jr.
FAVORITE INSTRUMENT: Trumpet
OTHER INSTRUMENTS I PLAY: Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Bass Guitar, and some piano.
YEARS EXPERIENCE IN MUSIC: 25
AVERAGE WEEKLY PRACTICE: 9 hours
MAC OR PC? MAC all the way
COLLEGE(S): University of North Texas
ENSEMBLES I HAVE PLAYED WITH: UNT Five O’Clock – Nine O’Clock Lab Bands, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Dallas Diocese World Youth Day Band, Bob Hurd, Mike Vax.
FAVORITE PART OF THE BAND YEAR: When the beginners play their first school Christmas & Holiday concert. They always steal the show.
FAVORITE PART OF BAND CAMP: Monday afternoon, when everyone starts settling into a rhythm.
FAVORITE BAND TRIP EVER: My first trip to Galveston & Houston when I was in 7th grade. We got to play at a high school in Houston and Six Flags. Some of my friends got stuck on a ride that broke for 2 hours.
CHEESE OR NO CHEESE? More Cheese
HOBBIES: Cooking and Water Balloon Fights
PETS: I hope we get a goldfish soon
FAVORITE ARTISTS: Jazz – Clifford Brown, Pop – Tower of Power
FAVORITE ALBUM: Monster on a Leash, Tower of Power
I have been to 47 out of 50 states, including Hawaii and Alaska.
COWBOYS OR GIANTS? Cowboys
STARS OR REDWINGS? Stars, no doubt.
MAVS OR SPURS?
Gotta go with Mavs, but I won’t jump on the bandwagon until they hit the playoffs.