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Earl O. 'Pat' Arsers - Class of 1991

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Pat Arsers was born on April 16, 1905 in Park Rapids, Minnesota. After attending Coe College and the University of Minnesota, he transferred to Vandercook College of Music, obtaining a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree respectively. He received a honorary Doctor of Music degree from Southern College of Fine Arts in 1959.

He directed bands in Sinton, Texas, Harlandale High School in San Antonio, and in 1948 became Director of Bands at Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio. He later, assumed the duties of Music Coordinator. He remained at Alamo Heights until his retirement in 1963.

Pat taught many band camps throughout the southwest, and had numerous publications on band techniques.

Pat was one of the founders of TBA, and was President in 1945-1949. He received a honorary life membership in 1961. He was a charter member, and was elected president of ASBDA in 1956. He was the Texas Bandmaster of the Year in 1961. Pat was also a member of the American Bandmasters Association, and served as Secretary of the American Federation of Musicians local in San Antonio for many years.

He died August 10, 1978.

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