Read Larry Roark's full bio on his company's website.
An extraordinary gift to assist student musicians in the study of an unusual musical instrument was one woman's way to honor her late husband, a musician who loved his euphonium. Sara Neal Eskew gave the University of North Texas College of Music $150,000 to establish the Larry Roark Euphonium Scholarship through the UNT Foundation.
"The family wanted to support the program here because it is unique," said Brian Bowman, the College of Music's euphonium instructor and brass coordinator. 'This may be the only euphonium endowment in the world.'
Eskew's spouse, Larry Roark, graduated cum laude from UNT in 1978 and pursued graduate studies before he was host of the overnight show at NPR's Austin affiliate, KUT. A consummate musician, Roark performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Creative Opportunity Orchestra, the Austin Klezmorim, the Vacillating Discombobulators, the B.L. La Cerda group and a number of others. Early in his career he even played his euphonium for the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus and served on the staff of Texas Woman's University. In 1989, Roark founded the Music of the Spheres®, a company that manufactures perfectly tuned wind chimes. Today those chimes are sold nationwide.