Mr. Parker was born in Newport News, Virginia and raised in Hampton, Virginia. He
graduated from Kecoughtan High School in Hampton. While attending middle
school he realized he wanted to be a band teacher. Lorenzo enjoyed
watching his middle school and high school director work with students
and help them to reach their musical potential.
After graduation from high school he attend Chowan College, a Junior
College in Murfreesboro, NC. There he majored in Music Education as
a saxophone player. During that time Lorenzo met Mr. Joe Brown who
inspired him to also play the flute. He graduated from Chowan College
with honors, including making the president's list and being named to
Who’s Who in Junior Colleges.
After his two years at Chowan Lorenzo transferred to Virginia Commonwealth
University in Richmond, VA. While at VCU he had several opportunities to
perform with musical groups on campus and in the Richmond area.
Upon graduation from VCU he began working in Virginia at several high schools.
One day while on the campus of VCU, he attended a job fair. There he met a
recruiter from the Dallas ISD, who offered him a job. Lorenzo accepted and has
been teaching in DISD since. His first job was band director/music teacher at
Withers Elementary School in Dallas. This was a wonderful experience for Lorenzo,
where he met many wonderful parents, students and co-workers. Musically his
band performed many wonderful concerts.
Following Withers Elementary he became a band director for schools in the
Hillcrest High School Cluster. He spent most of his time at Franklin
Middle School and Hillcrest High School. While there his bands received
superior and excellent ratings in competition.
Most recently Lorenzo was the band director at Molina High School. He
enjoyed working with his students in both marching and concert band,
achieving Superior and Excellent ratings in state and local competition.
He retired from public school teaching in May 2018. He enjoyed it,
learned from it, and misses it, but he looks forward to continue growing
musically, enjoying and appreciating music as the director of New
Horizons Concert Band Dallas.
Mr. Parker has also participated in the following musical ensembles:
Dallas Czech Band (Conductor), Frohsinn Kapelle Band, North Community
Band, Heritage Brass Band and Lovers Lane Jazz Band. Musical organization
memberships include Dallas Music Educator Association, Texas Band Director and Texas Music Education Association.
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