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Ernie Gonzalez, TreasurerErnie Gonzalez


Barri Saxophone



Ernie grew up in a small town in Texas where marching band and concert band are an important part of growing up. Because there is not much to do in a small town, he began playing in the band in 5th grade and practiced much of the time. In high school Ernie won many awards in Solo and Ensemble contests and also played many All State concerts. That led to numerous band camps at Texas Lutheran University

Attending band camp at a certain university year after year kind of makes one feel at ease on campus, so Ernie ended up attending Texas Lutheran where he earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree. After graduation,he auditioned for the Norad Band in Colorado Springs and was accepted. Two years later, he heard that the “band on the other side of town” was auditioning. Ernie auditioned for the Air Force Academy Band and was accepted.

Ernie retired from the Air Force after 20 years and went to work for Progressive Insurance Company; first, in their customer service department then as a claims adjuster. He was always involved with their sons’ education - as a PTA president at Twain Elementary or band booster president at Wasson High - and wanted to get back into education. Ernie applied for a local middle school library/computer technician position and was accepted.HeI enjoys helping young students with computers, and because he is bilingual in Spanish, Ernie was also able to help Spanish speaking families feel comfortable in their school.

In his spare time, Ernie enjoys playing in The Little London Winds and also in various big bands in the local area. His other hobby is physical fitness. If he's not practicing his horns, he's at the gym.  



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Who's your favorite composer and why?

John Williams, his music is always so dramatic and full of sound.


If you could choose one historical figure or fictional character to have dinner with, who would you choose to dine with and why?

I’d love to have dinner with both of my grandfathers to learn more about my family history. There would be so much laughter!


What is currently in your refrigerator?

Currently in my fridge is homemade leftover Eggplant Parmigiano. I love Italian food.


Tell us your best musical joke.

They make saxophone mutes, don’t they?


What TV show is your guilty pleasure?

My favorite TV shows are found on Netflix. Midsomer Murders, a British detective drama and The Bletchley Circle.  A television mystery drama miniseries, set in 1952–53, about four women who used to work as codebreakers at Bletchley Park.