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Born in San Antonio, Texas, Jerry was raised to the age of 18 in the small community of Lytle. Early musical influences were his father, Claude E. Hogue, Sr., and Al Sturchio, and Moddie Smith, his first band directors. He studied trumpet with Kenneth Muckelroy of Tyler, Texas, with whom he became a lifelong friend. He also studied under Jerry Lane of Colorado and various other notable trumpet players with whom he associated and whom he observed.

Even before he began to read the English language, Jerry, by the age of 5, had been taught by his father to read shaped notes. At the age of nine, he entered the school's band program, and began to study trumpet under the tutelage of Sturchio, and Smith.  After high school, Jerry entered collage, graduating with a B.A. in music, and later a M.A. in interdisciplinary studies. He spent the next fourteen years teaching instrumental music in Texas public schools. During that time Jerry was called on to play trumpet for various events and celebrations.

A long-time supporter of community bands, Jerry, in 1975, together with colleague Fred Foeh, co-founded the Tyler Municipal Band, a re-organization of one of Texas' longest lasting bands.

In 1985, while teaching music in Floresville ISD, Jerry began organizing a community ensemble he named Ye Olde Village Band to accompany a local vocal group for Christmas performances. The small ensemble did not want to disband, so continued practicing and growing under Jerry's leadership. Later the group move to the Lutheran Fellowship house in Floresville to practice and the membership and repertoire grew. They began performing as the Village Band Of Floresville.

During the next ten years, the Village Band of Floresville were invited to practice in several different places in Floresville and performed hundreds of times in the area. But in 1995, the band found itself without a practice hall. At the same time, a new community band in Pleasanton, Texas, the Atascosa County Band, asked Jerry to help them because they had no director. One of the Atascosa band members had asked Father James Hoelscher, then the pastor of St. Luke-Loire Catholic Church, if the band might use their parish hall to practice. Father Hoelscher was greatly supportive of the venture.

Soon thereafter, Jerry asked musicians from the Village Band of Floresville and from the Atascosa County Band to meet at St. Luke's Hall in Loire. The two bands agreed to merge and later the name County Line Community Band was chosen because of the proximity of the location of their new home to the boundary lines of Bexar, Atascosa, and Wilson Counties. From that first founding meeting in 1995 until January 1, 2017, Jerry Hogue served as the County Line Community Band's music director. He faithfully attended Sunday afternoon rehearsals at Loire, and performances large and small from Fredericksburg to New Braunfels, Pleasanton, Karnes City and everywhere in-between.

In 2016, tragically, Jerry's home in Floresville caught fire while he was visiting friends. He returned to find his home,  many of his instruments, music and his personal items destroyed. As unfortunate and devastating as that experience was, Jerry was overwhelmed by the outpouring of material and emotional support given to him by the local community and the band community that loves him.

Jerry is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA), and the International Trumpet Guild. In 1994, with fellow trumpet player Kim Zoeller, he formed the San Antonio based brass quintet Brass Roots. In 1999, he was invited to join a trumpet quartet, The Tyler Trumpets, to play for the ITG European convention in Bad Sackingen, Germany. Over the years Jerry has played in many other ensembles and bands.

Jerry Hogue loves music.  He has dedicated his life to teaching music and promoting band programs, especially community bands. He believes that playing a musical instrument is a skill that should not be abandoned after high school graduation. Thanks to Jerry many adults have been able to again enjoy the wonderful experience of making music with their friends.

The County Line Community Band says ----THANK YOU JERRY HOGUE ! 


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