Members of Ten 55 Band entertained customers at the Waxahachie’s Hastings on Friday night.
In addition to its scheduled performances across the state, the group often plays smaller venues such as the coffee shop at Hastings so more people can get to know members, said Jason Westmoreland, the band’s founder.
Friday night’s concert featured band members Westmoreland on vocals/bass and lead singer/acoustic guitar Kyle Reed – and they soon drew a crowd of listeners to the coffee shop’s lounge area once the music began.
Ten 55 Band is made up of mostly law enforcement officers –Westmoreland and manager Luis Valladares are both with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.
The group first formed in the summer 2002.
“It’s hard to have a band and work in law enforcement. Scheduling practices and performances has to work around schedules,” Westmoreland said of the early group.
After a few changes, with some members leaving, Westmoreland said the band took a break but recently got back together with its current lineup.
“You would think it would be easy to get five guys together and have fun, but you also have five egos. We have the right mix now,” Westmoreland said of the current group, which, in addition to Westmoreland, Reed and Valladares, also includes Scott Galloway on lead guitar and Eric Tolliver on drums.
Valladares and his wife, Theresa, serve as booking agents and road managers, with Luis also handling the soundboard duties.
“It takes a lot of work to get the band to have a balanced sound. I have to take in account each person’s voice and how they play to make it all sound good,” he said.
Westmoreland was asked how the band came up with the name. “Someone suggested ten-55, the law enforcement radio call signal for drunk driver. After some discussion, the name just stuck,” he said.
As word spreads, the band is getting more bookings throughout the state.
“We have played in Houston, Dallas, Oklahoma to name a few. We have bookings in Waco and Mexia as well as local bookings,” Valladares said. “As we get to be better known, we hope to get booking in the larger, more popular clubs.”
Another goal of the band is to cut a CD. A collection of original songs is being put together with a fall release anticipated, he said.
For booking information, contact Luis and Theresa Valladares at 972-935-7008 or 214-399-0091, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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