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Joe Eckert, Marguerite Baker Levin, and Charlie Young

‘Hot reed section’

Last winter, three North Texas alums joined up at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore to perform in the orchestra for the show West Side Story. From left are Joe Eckert (’79 M.M.), associate professor and director of the jazz program at Shenandoah University, on saxophone; Marguerite Baker Levin (’84), assistant professor at Towson University and principal clarinet of the Baltimore Opera Orchestra, on clarinet; and Charlie Young (’80), associate professor at Howard University and member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra since 1988, on saxophone. Levin says it was a “hot reed section.”

In addition to their North Texas ties and current jobs as faculty in the Washington, D.C., area, the three musicians have another thing in common — military band experience. Eckert retired in 2004 from a 20-year career as lead alto saxophonist/woodwind specialist and music director with the Air Force Band’s Airmen of Note jazz ensemble. Levin played in the Navy Band from 1986 to 1990, and Young was a member of the Navy Band’s Commodores jazz ensemble from 1981 to 1983.


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Web site access

The new North Texas Exes web site at now includes three levels of access — features for the general public, for North Texas alumni and for Exes members only.

Anyone who visits the site has access to photo albums, web postcards, news clips and the events calendar.

In addition to the access granted to the general public, North Texas alumni are able to post class notes and create a personal profile for the site so others can learn more about them.

Because members of the North Texas Exes have full access to the site, they are also able to exchange business cards, read class notes and use the searchable alumni database to find old friends and classmates. Members have the option to add photo albums to their profiles to keep up to date with North Texas friends.

Go to to register. To become a member and gain unrestricted access to the site, log on or call (940) 565-2834.

Chapters forming

Central Texas and Southern Dallas County chapters of the NT Exes have recently been established, joining the previously established Austin Area, Bi-Stone, Dallas County, Denton County, Gulf Coast and Tarrant County chapters. Through these chapters, the NT Exes are raising scholarship funds and bringing recognition to UNT.

If you’re interested in creating a chapter or becoming active in your area chapter, contact Barbara Sanders at (940) 565-3162 or for more information.

For information about becoming a member of the North Texas Exes, visit or call (940) 565-2834.



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